Full list of Nigeria’s IGPs since Independence as Nigerians await appointment of new police chief

Full list of Nigeria’s IGPs since Independence as Nigerians await appointment of new police chief

Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, attained the statutory retirement age on Monday, February 1.

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However, he still remains in office at the time of filing this report as President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to appoint a new IGP.

List of Nigeria's IGP appointed since Independence

Nigeria’s current IGP, Mohammed Adamu, and some of his predecessors.
Photo credit: Nigeria Police Force, Igp Suleiman Abba
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As Nigerians wait for the president’s appointment of a new police boss, Legit.ng lists in the piece all the IGPs Nigeria has had since the 1960s.

1964 to 1999

1. IGP Louis Edet (1964-1966)

2. IGP Kam Salem (1966-1975)

3. IGP Muhammadu Dikko Yusufu (1975-1979)

4. IGP Adamu Suleiman (1979–1981)

5. IGP Sunday Adewusi (1981–1983)

6. IGP Etim Inyang (1985–1986)

7. IGP Muhammadu Gambo-Jimeta (1986–1990)

8. IGP Aliyu Atta (1990–1993)

9. IGP Ibrahim Coomassie (1993–1999)

2000 to 2010

10. IGP Musiliu Smith (1999–2002)

11. IGP Mustafa Adebayo Balogun (2002 – 2005)

12. IGP Sunday Ehindero (2005–2007)

13. IGP Mike Mbama Okiro (2007–2009)

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14. IGP Ogbonna Okechukwu Onovo (2009 – 2010)

2010 till date

15. IGP Hafiz Ringim (2010 – 2012)

16. IGP Mohammed DIKKO Abubarkar (2012 – 2014)

17. IGP Suleiman Abba (2014 -2015)

18. IGP Solomon E. Arase (2015 – 2016)

19. IGP Ibrahim Kpotun Idris (2016-2019)

20. IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu (2019-Till Date)

Meanwhile, a new report has highlighted some senior police officers who may be considered for the top job as IGP Adamu is set to bow out.

One of the senior officers is Moses Ambakina Jitoboh, as Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of border patrol.

It is gathered that Jitoboh’s candidacy is being pushed by some influential persons, including former President Goodluck Jonathan. The AIG hails from Bayelsa state.

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Nevertheless, the presidency has said President Buhari will not be driven by ethnic sentiments or affiliations in his choice of the next police chief.

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Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, made the statement in reaction to agitations and calls from a section of the country that the next IGP should come from the southeast.

Shehu insisted that the president will only appoint someone who will ensure the security of Nigerians is better than what has been recorded.

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