Opposition political parties and several civil society organizations in Nigeria had their wishes granted on Tuesday as Ibrahim Idris retired as the head of the nation’s police force. For a long time it appeared that President Muhammadu Buhari was seeking to extend his tenure, especially because early this month he surpassed the compulsory number of years after which an officer is expected to retire but held on to his seat.
Who replaces him: Mohammed Adamu, a former AIG who hails from Nasarawa state, was picked by President Buhari to replace Idris. Adamu was accompanied to the villa by Idris and decorated with his new rank by the president.
What this means: All the DIGs would have to resign since they are senior in rank to Adamu. Recall that when Idris was appointed, he also was an AIG.
What Adamu said after his decoration:
- “From the strategies put in place by the former IGP, we will re-strategise and make sure that we tackle security challenges squarely.”
- On the forthcoming elections: “We are professionals. We are going to stick by the rules; we are going to do the right thing. We will not go outside the ethics of our job to do things that are untoward; everybody will be given a level-playing ground to play his or her politics.”
Bottom line: Idris was not a popular Inspector-General. His tenure was marked by controversies, accusations of partisanship by the police, attack on civil liberties including the untoward actions of the Police SARS, and general incompetence. The hope is that Adamu would be a step up, especially with the elections so close.