2023: Buhari extends IGP’s tenure in office

2023: Buhari extends IGP’s tenure in office

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba.

Recall that the President had elevated Mr Baba from the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police to acting Inspector General of Police on April 6, 2021.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi told State House Correspondents after the first Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting of 2023.

Dingyadi said the IGP already has an appointment letter extending his term in office after 2023 general elections, noting that the Police Act 2020, has changed the rules for an IGP’s retirement.

Speculations are rife that the IGP who clocks 60 years on March 1, 2023, will bow out of public service in line with Public Service rules.

But Dingyadi said, “I don’t know where you got your record but let me say that by the provision of the Police Act 2020, the IG is now supposed to have a kind of four-year period and Mr. President has already given him a letter of appointment in that regard.

“So, the issue of IG going out during this election period does not arise”, Dingyadi said.

Meanwhile, the FEC also approved the draft bill for an Act to establish Nigeria Police Institutions.

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The Act will provide legal backing to the existing training institutions across the country and not to build new ones, according to the Minister of Police Police Affairs.

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