– At the moment, there is no official report that IGP Mohammad Adamu has handed over power to anyone in the NPF
– This, of course, means that Adamu is still fully in charge of the force until President Buhari makes a new appointment
– Claims went viral that the police boss stepped down for his deputy, Sanusi Lemu, but they have been debunked by CP Frank Mba
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As many Nigerians eagerly wait for President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a new Inspector-General of Police, Mohammad Adamu, is still in charge of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
In fact, TVC News on Tuesday, February 2, confirmed that Adamu was at the airport in Abuja to receive President Muhammadu Buhari upon his arrival from Katsina after a four-day visit.
Journalists observed that the current IGP was among those who escorted the president to the Presidential Villa.
Added to this, a report by The Nation said the NPF’s public relations officer, CP Frank Mba, on Tuesday debunked claims that Adamu has stepped aside and handed over leadership of the force to the deputy IGP, Sanusi Lemu.
Earlier, there was palpable anxiety at the NPF headquarters over the retirement of Mohammed who was expected to bow out in grand style on Monday, February 1, after a meritorious service.
He had spent his 35 years in the force, breaking through ranks to become the boss of the police force. He was enlisted on February 2, 1986.
Adamu, who is the 20th IGP the country has produced, was appointed as the police boss by President Muhammadu Buhari, replacing Ibrahim Kpotun Idris of Niger state on January 15, 2019.
His mates, including a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), DIG Ibrahim Lamorde, DIG Michael Anthony Ogbizi, and AIG Mohammad Mustafa, would also bow out in style after years of service.
There were, however, hopes that Adamu’s tenure may be extended by the president in order to allow him to execute some reforms in the police force, though this may be challenged.