With the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris scheduled to retire from office, reports suggest that a new IGP, AIG Abubakar Adamu Mohammed has been appointed to take over.
According to Sahara Reporters, Adamu, who is from Lafia, Nasarawa State, has been appointed to replace the embattled Ibrahim Idris.
Adamu was AIG in charge of Zone 5 Benin before he was sent to the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru in Plateau State.
He was said to have been sent on the compulsory course on the suspicion that he was pencilled down by the presidency to succeed the outgoing IGP.
There had been various suggestions that President Muhammadu Buhari was going to extend Idris’ tenure with some alleging that the President was planning to use Idris’s influence to manipulate the presidential election scheduled for February 2019.
On the issue of IG Idris, @Olusegunverdict asked why is PMB still keeping him in office?
PMB simply said "Yes I have seen it on the television, somebody has given the LAST WARNING that I must change him🤣🤣🤣…. I will take action"…..
— Muh'd Mala Tijjani (@MalaTujjani73) January 15, 2019
This caused an outrage from Nigerians in general, and the opposition in particular.
Appearing on a programme on Arise TV, Buhari joked that he had seen the threats by people on TV saying the IG must go and that he was going to “take action”.
The mood at the Force Headquarters was calm when the news of the replacement filtered in. It was also gathered that the outgoing IGP had been quietly removing his personal effects from the office since last Friday.