Some top police officers are reportedly pressurizing some powerfull sources in and outside the government as President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking the replacement of the Inspector General of Police.
President Buhari and IG of Police at Abuja airport shortly before the president left for London
As President Muhammadu Buhari is set to return to the country on Sunday after his 10-day holiday in London, new reports has suggested that the president is seeking the replacement of the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase less than a week to the end of his tenure.
The acting IGP will be 60-years-old on June 21, the obligatory age of retirement from service, and while two forces are rooting for two Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), the other interest, which is said to be the most powerful, is projecting the candidacy of a serving Commissioner of Police (CP) from the North, who is holding a command position in a strategic state.
It was gathered that those jostling for IGP Arase’s position now spend more time in Abuja lobbying some powerful forces in and outside the government as this development is an uncertainty over the fate of seven Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs), who constitute the Police Management Team (PMT), which has the IGP as head.
According to a source who spoke with New Telegraph in confidence, the groups mounting pressure on the president are articulating the operational capabilities of their choices, adding that President Buhari wants a very competent successor to Arase who, many believe, would have achieved a lot, at the end of his tenure.
“It is true that there are about three interests making separate cases for their preferred choices, who have showed good operational capabilities to lead the NPF.
“Out of the groups, one is pushing for the appointment of a very competent CP, while the other two are making cases for two AIGs.
“But, I think the president knows what he wants, and as an upright, disciplined and firm man, he will get the best,” the source said.
Earlier investigation had revealed that one of the DIGs was being considered, considering the fact that none of the service or security chiefs, comes from his zone.