Security: Tinubu Shops For Another IGP; PSC Issues Guidelines For Deployment Of senior Officers

By Lateef Adegbite

Usman Alkali Baba, the Yobe state born Inspector General of Police, IGP, who ought to have retired on March 1, 202023, having clocked the mandatory 60 years, appears to have known that his days in the Nigerian Police Force, NPF, are numbered. 

Former President Mhammadu Buhari, has said to have extended the tenure of IGP Baba, in 2021. That much was confirmed by Mohammed Dingyadi, immediate past minister of Police Affairs. The former minister had said that the Karina state born Nigerian President had extended Baba’s tenure going by the Provisions of the 2020, Police Act.  This may have informed why the former Police Affairs minister had said that the incumbent Police IGP, leaving the service during the election period in the country do not arise.

Usman Alkali Baba: IGP

President Bola Ahmed TInubu, who incidentally was a former governor of Lagos state may not take that as he was said to have started shopping for a replacement for IGP Baba. This may have informed why  the Nigerian Civil Society Contact  Group, CSCG,  an amalgam  of non-governmental  and Civil Society Organisations , with primary focus on ‘’good governance  and protection of human rights’’, would want the Lagos state  born Nigerian President  to appoint a replacement for the current  IGP, in keeping with the provisions of the Police Act.

Taiwo Akindolu, an Engineer, and Director General, CSCG, was said to have made the Nigerian President to understand that Buhari, blatantly disregarded the provisions of the Law in the appointments of three past IGPs that had served in his government in the last eight years. The CSCG, Director General, would not want the former Lagos state governor ‘’to emulate the unconstitutional steps of the former Nigerian President that could re-ignite controversies and a judicial logjam’’.

Engr.edolu, was said to have drawn the attention of Tinubu,  to the 2020, Police Act  signed into Law by Buhari, which stipulates   ‘’the requirements  for  the appointment  of a  new IGP’’, warning that  ‘’any action  outside of the provisions of the Law would breed controversy  which the ruling All Progressive Congress government of Tinubu  can ill-afford’’. 

The 2020, Police Act, has made it clear that  that ‘’the  senior officer   to be appointed  to the office  of  IGP,  shall  not be below the rank of an Assistant Inspector General, AIG,  of Police  with the requisite  academic qualifications of not less  than a first degree or its equivalent  in addition  to professional and management experience’’.  The Police Act , was said to have further  stated that the new  IGP, to be appointed by the President  on the advice of the Police Council must  be of an AIG or DIG ranks and who still has four years and above, in the service before retirement.

The Vanguard had reported that there are   two, out   of the over 20 members of the Current IGP Baba led Management team, who still have four in the service before retirement while others may be forced to retire  having attained   the mandatory 60  years or  35 years in the service.

This may informed why  Frank Mbah, a former spokesperson of the Force, from the south eastern geopolitical region,  who was promoted to the enviable rank  of Commissioner of Police  in 2020, and  erstwhile CP, of Ogun, former President OLusegun Obasanjo home state  , was promoted to AIG  in March 2023 .

He was upgraded  to DIG, representing the south east region in the  NPF current Management Team. He was said to have been promoted to enviable rank of DIG, by the PSC, under the close watch Police Service Commission, PSC, under the close watch of Solomon Arase, CFR, a Lawyer and former, IGP, alongside Bala Ciroma, a former Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, as well as 14 CPs to AIGs and 22 DCPs to CP.

Arase: Former IGP And Chairman, PSC

There is no gain saying the fact that either DIG Mbah, who is the most senior officer from the south eastern region or any of the AIGs, from the south western region, may be appointed by Tinubu, as the next IGP, as a replacement for Baba, who ought to have retired since March 1, 2023.

In preparing the ground for the appointment of a new IGP,   the PSC,  has approved  new policy guidelines  for deployment  of  Management  and Tactical Commanders  in the Force and the imperativeness  for gender –sensitivity  in the deployment of the AIGs and CPs  to the zonal and  state Command Headquarters.

The Commission was said to have approved the guidelines at its first plenary meeting held at Jabi, FCT, on Thursday, June,15, 2023. The Commission, according to Ikechukwu Ani, the spokesperson, had impressed it upon the Force Management team that ’’it must be guided by the principle of Federal Character in both recruitment at all levels and deployment of its personnel at the Management and Tactical levels ‘’to ensure balance, equity and fairness in the system’’. 

The Commission had observed  at its  recent  meeting  that’’ the   deployment of CPs,  to the state Commands by the Bala led NPF, Management,   leaves much to be desired  in reflecting  the principle  of equity  and fairness  to the all the six geopolitical zones of the country’’.

The Commission was emphatic that the deployment was against the north eat and the south east regions, meaning that that it has put the two regions at a great disadvantage, particular, the south east in producing the next IGP.  Given’’ the pronounced disproportional distribution  and lopsided  deployment  of state Command Commissioners’’, may have informed why Arase, the ex-IGP, and Chairman, PSC, has told those that cares to listen in the Force  that sections 6e and 7  of the Commission Act  empowers it  ‘’to formulate  and implement policies  aimed at  the efficiency  and discipline in  the NPF.

This may have forced the Arase led PSC, o read the riot act to the Baba led NPF, Management team, that ‘’hence forth request for  deployment  of CPs, to state Command Headquarters  must ensure  that the disadvantaged  regions  are considered first  in the proposals  to the Commission  in order’’ to address  the present imbalance  and lopsided  deployments  skewed against  the north east and south eastern geopolitical regions of the country’’.  

The Commission  was said to have made it as a rule that  ‘’all geopolitical  zones of the country  must  have at least 15% representation  in the deployment  of AIGs to the Police zonal offices , across the country, CPs to t state Commands,  and posting of Commanding officers  of  the Police Mobile  Force, Counter-terrorism Unit, CTU, and Special Protection Unit, SPU.

The Commission may have sent a message to IGP  Bala, to ensure that he is appropriately guided  by the new guidelines that has been formulated  based on the principles of  fairness and justice  to all members of the Force., noting  that ‘’ it is geared  towards  eliciting  trust and confidence  of the Nigerian people to the system and  taking ownership of their Police  in showing greater understanding , cooperation and support  to theForce , towards improved  community  safety and  adequate internal security in Nigeria’’.


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