Muhammad Dingyadi, minister of police affairs, has spoken on why Mohammed Adamu, former inspector-general of police (IGP), did not complete his three months tenure extension.
He said it is the prerogative of President Muhammadu Buhari to decide on when to make an appointment.
The president had approved the appointment of Alkali Usman Baba as the new IGP.
Baba replaces Adamu who was given a three-month tenure extension by the president on February 4. Adamu had spent two months and three days out of the three months.
While briefing state house correspondents on Tuesday, the police minister was asked for the reason behind the president’s decision not to allow the outgoing IGP complete his extended tenure.
In response, he said: “Mr. President is aware of this and you cannot take away that responsibility from him; he’s the one who is in charge of appointing or extending tenures.
“He has now decided to appoint a new person. So please allow him that responsibility and we cannot do anything about it.”
Dingyadi said the president is grateful to the outgoing IGP “for his professionalism and dedication to duty during the period of his tenure”.
Commenting on the selection of the new IGP, the minister said he was picked after a “thorough check of a shortlist of suitably qualified police officers from the rank of DIGs and AIGs, who are eligible police officers, eligible for appointment as IGP”.
The minister said Baba’s appointment is in line with the president’s goal “to rejig the security architecture country, to ensure that the security challenges bedeviling the nation are brought to an end”.
He added that the president has charged Baba to “rise to the challenge to ensure policing reform policy of this administration are fully prioritised and implemented”.
Until his appointment, Baba was the deputy inspector-general of police, force criminal investigation department, police headquarters.