Tension hits Police Headquarters, as ‎Buhari Releases Bombshell


27 Jun 2016

Tension hits Police Headquarters, as ‎Buhari Releases Bombshell

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There are strong indications that President Muhammadu Buhari, might lay off not less than 30 Senior Police Officers, following the recommendations by the new Inspector General of Police,IGP, Ibrahim Idris .

Idris, had been reported to have allegedly written a letter to the President on Friday June 24 to retire not less than 30 Senior Officers of its workforce.

According to Thisday, the officers who are of the rank of Assistant Inspector General, AIG, of police, were said to have been penned down for immediate retirement.

The development which does not speak well for the police force at a time they need more experience officers to tackle the menace of insecurity in Nigeria, some political analysts have argued that the first move by the IGP has a severe undertone.

‎Others postulated that the decision was not unconnected to the fact that the AIG’s pencilled for immediate retirement were all Idris coursemates who are his senior in terms of promotion.

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All efforts made by the AIGS to meet Idris and congratulate him on his new post had been frustrated as they were reportedly blocked off.

A source who made the disclosure said, “There is serious tension at the Police Headquarters in Abuja.

“We have heard that the new acting IG wants to retire both his seniors and coursemates.

”On Friday, he wrote to the presidency, through the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and it was approved and forwarded to the desk of the President for final approval.

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“According to what Idris wrote, his reason why he asked for their retirement is that he cannot work with them.

“He said he wants to in all sense of the world take charge of the police.

”He said since he has been given the responsibility to provide security, it was imperative that these AIGs be removed because they might be a clog in his wheel of progress.

“With this move, there is a tendency to make 14 Commissioners of Police AIGs since the available and compulsory vacancy for AIGs is 26.

“Already before now, 12 AIGs were promoted. From the 12, they will take seven of them to become Deputy Inspector General (DIGs) of Police and then they will be forced to go to the CP rank to fill up the AIG rank of 26.

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”We wonder why they are removing experienced hands that would have helped him steer the police to greater heights.

“These officers that will be retired, are the last set of senior policemen that were trained abroad, or have gone for short courses.

“I don’t know why we are wasting manpower.

“By removing these old hands, we will have to expend huge amount of money to train the new crop of AIGs and CPs.”‎ the source lamented.

Meanwhile, Idris had on Monday June 27 appointed DCP Don Awunah, fsi‎, as the new Force Public Relations Officer to replace ACP Olabisi Kolawole who was the Force PRO from August 2015 to June, 2016.

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At the time of filling this report the reason for his replacement has not been ascertain as Kolawole was an active PRO during former IGP Solomon Arase’s tenure in office.

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News Source: Post-Nigeria, 9jaTales

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