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Why Buhari will extend Idris’ tenure

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Why Buhari will extend Idris’ tenure


There were strong indications over the weekend that President Muhammadu Buhari will extend the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, who supposed to have bowed out from the Force last week having enlisted in 1984.

However, top security sources said the President will take the action, because “it is politically inexpedient now, about a month to the commencement of the general elections. He wants the IGP to help in ensuring security during the elections.”

A source, who spoke with one of our correspondents, said the action will also be taken in consonance with the extension of the tenure of the current service chiefs about a year ago.

“I don’t know why the hue and cry over his tenure elongation. It is the prerogative of the President to elongate the tenure of any service chief, and he has done that in the past.

“You will recall that President Buhari also extended the tenure of the IGP he inherited, Solomon Arase by one year. After that, he also elongated the tenure of the current set of Service Chiefs,” our source pointed out.

Another source familiar with the matter said if the IGP would leave there would have been preparations for his pull out parade which no notice has been issued.

“A replacement even in an acting capacity would have been named two days to his 60th birthday,” said the source.

Beyond this, our source said that the current security situation in the country does not warrant it as changing the IGP would be counterproductive.

“It would be counterproductive because whoever takes over now would like to introduce his own methods and strategies in combating crimes by posting and tampering with the current security architecture, which will lead to a setback in fighting crime,” said the source.
The source pointed out that Idris has done relatively well in arresting those behind some high profile killings and assassinations in recent times.


“Look at the Offa robbery incidents, the killing of the former Chief of Defence staff, the Late Air marshal Alex Badeh, are some of his achievements through the IGP’s Intelligence Team. Now you can imagine changing that now. It will take some time before whoever coming in would stamp his own authority.”

Former Director of the State Services (DSS), Chief Mike Ejiofor, who earlier told Sunday Telegraph that no President would not approve tenure elongation at this critical time, however, said the current IGP does not deserve such extension.

“From all indications, the current IGP does not deserve such tenure extension, not only because he has performed poorly but also he has been manifestly and overtly partisan,” Ejiofor, a lawyer and security expert said.

He referred to the IGP’s disobedience of presidential directive to relocate to Benue State in the heat of last year’s carnage by herdsmen, and his failure to honour invitations of the Senate. “On the one hand, he sent his men to lay an eight-day siege on Senator Dino Melaye’s house and on the other he failed to honour Senate invitation.”

The Peoples’ Democratic Party, (PDP), has rejected the planned tenure extension, alleging that Idris will be used to manipulate the 2019 general elections.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbodiyan said: “We are rejecting the tenure extension of the current IGP because we believe that he will be used by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to rig the 2019 elections. We believe that what is honourable is for him to finish his tenure and leave. We are also calling on him to ensure that he insulates the Nigerian police from politics and leave a legacy that Nigerians will remember him for.”

When contacted, Senior Media Assistant to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu, said that he could not comment, as he was yet to be briefed about it.


Attempts to get the Force Public Relations officer, Moshood Jimoh to react to it did not succeed as he did not pick calls made to his mobile line, neither did he reply the SMS sent to him.



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