Emerging report reaching indicates that the Nigeria Police Council will likely nominate a new Inspector-General of Police, IGP, by February, 2021.
It was gathered that the current Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, may not get a tenure extension.
It was learnt that the race for the IGP’s successor has begun, with some State Governors, influential Politicians, and Traditional Rulers, rooting for their top Candidates.
A senior Official said that intense lobbying for the new IGP position has commenced, with various interest groups pushing the candidacy of their protégés.
A source stated: “The Police Council always meets confidentially, to decide the next IGP, but a lot of people are already pushing for their Candidates; the pressure is high, but it is the President’s prerogative to select the IGP.
“We have about 20 AIGs, but most of them do not qualify under the new Police Act, which stipulates that a Candidate for the Office of the IGP must have at least five years of service.
“We know that AIG Moses Jitiboh (former Chief Personal Security Officer to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan) still has over five years, but they are trying to spoil his chances. Apart from him, about four other AIGs from the North also have good chances of being appointed.”
The source disclosed that the IGP recently nominated Jitiboh for promotion to DIG, in a move to bypass the most eligible AIG who is said to be ill.