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Slip And Flop Of New IGP’s Appointment

Posted: Jul 10, 2016 at 4:28 am   /   by   /   comments (1)



The retirement of 21 Assistant Inspector General of Police and some Deputy Inspector General of Police following the appointment of Mr. Idris Ibrahim as acting Inspector General of Police have generated ripples in the system.

Idris who was the Commissioner of Police in-charge of State during the conduct of last presidential election where President Muhammadu Buhari got about 1.9million votes without any voided one in about a year was picked from that position to become acting (IGP).

The speed with which Idris rose to the position has caused a lot of disaffection in the force. Few days after assumption of office, Idris wrote to Presidency through Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff, requesting the approval to retire some officers.

According to investigation, Idris stated in the letter his inability to work with the affected officers as the main reason for his request for their retirement. A statement by the Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, said: “The Police Service Commission has approved the retirement of 21 Assistant Inspectors General of Police who were senior to the new acting Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, before his appointment.”

But the exercise was done with lapses discovered. Independent gathered that there was error in the retirement of Femi Ogunbayode, Assistant Inspector General of Police because he was junior to the new acting Inspector General but his name was erroneously included in the list.

According to a source who did not want his name mentioned in the press stated; “Shortly after the announcement of the retirement of the AIGs, it was discovered that Ogunbayode was a junior officer to the Acting IGP. “This error has caused tension in the police and the service commission because Ogunbayode was a victim of wrong compilation of names of seniors to the Acting IGP.

“Attempts to correct the lapse have failed because the PSC does not want to reverse itself.”

Also, it was gathered that Shuaibu Gambo, who was elevated from AIG to DIG in charge of Department of Finance and Administration, was found to be the most senior among the AIGs to the Acting IGP. A police source said: On his part, a Commissioner of Police (CP), Ntom Chukwu, who has been made the DIG of the Department of Research and Planning was not the most senior CP from the South-East.

Police records indicated that instead of the choice of CP Paul Okafor as a DIG, he was skipped for Chukwu.

“The retirement and appointments made by the PSC were not water-tight at all. But the commission was not ready to admit its faults.

“The criteria were skewed in favour of some officers because of certain extraneous factors. This is why the PSC commissioners were also divided on the reshuffling in the Nigeria Police Force.

“We call on the President to look at the injustice meted out to innocent officers. It is just unfortunate that the career of some officers will just be brought ruined based on pettiness.” Abiodun Ogunleye, former deputy governor, Lagos State did not suspect any abnormality in the appointment of Idris because he believe President Muhammadu Buhari is not a leader that would compromise on the issue.

“You remember that Buhari has been a choice of many states in the north for a long time, so I don’t think the new acting Inspector General of Police got the job on the basis of any hatchet job done for APC during the last general election because there is no way former President Goodluck Jonathan could defeat Buhari in Kano and any other states in the core north.”

However, Adeseye Ogunlewe, former minister of Works and Housing described the irregularities to the lopsided practice of presidential system of government. He further explained that as long as the country to shy away from doing the right and there is no proper restructuring the country would continue to record this kind of abnormalities. “That is why we are talking of restructuring because if we have state police is it the president that would determine who would become the commissioner of police in each state?

“This is part of what we suffer in a presidential system of government, as long as it is centralised, he has his prerogative to pick his favourites.

“Nobody should grudge about so that every state would have a say in the governance of this country. He stated that the best service the Buhari administration can do the country is to properly restructure the country.    Similarly, Okechukwu Nwanguma, coordinator, Net work on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN) has picked hole in the appointment of the present IGP.   “ The appointment on June 21, 2016 of a new acting inspector-general of police, Mr Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, by President Buhari, following the retirement of IGP Solomon Arase, has brought to the fore again, some pending issues which must be resolved urgently if our quest for public safety and security is to make any sense.

“First, we need to interrogate again, the propriety of the practice of premature and forceful retirement of a large number of active senior officers of the ranks of deputy inspector-general of police and assistant inspector-general just to pave way for the president to appoint a candidate of his choice,”

Nwanguma said adding that such consideration as this is often narrow and political, rather than the broad national interest. He lamented that the officer predetermined to be appointed has to be successively promoted two or more ranks ahead of his mates and seniors within a short span of time, just to position him for the appointment.

“This comes with many grave implications. Resources invested in training, retraining and maintaining all the other officers to be retired, and the professional skills and knowledge they have acquired over the years are wasted. “People are forced to compulsorily retire before their due dates or age of retirement.

This creates acrimony, low morale, lack of dedication to duty and disloyalty among those left behind in promotion, some of whom may have stagnated in the same rank for as long as 30 years. “This then leads us to another issue brought to the fore- the appointment procedure for the IGP.

“The President simply unilaterally predetermined, handpicked and appointed the current IGP based on political considerations, rather than national interest and national security.”

Comments (1)

  • Jul 10, 2016 at 3:02 pm DANGASKE

    Mr. Correspondent, do you remember the premature retirement of some military officers in 1999? Was it an error or flop? Till date no one saw the exit of those military officers wrong.

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