Police Commission Orders Four DIGs to Retire Compulsorily

The Police Service Commission has ordered the retirement of four Deputy Inspectors General of Police (DIGs).

Dan-Mallam Mohammed, Moses Ambakina Jitiboh, Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa, and Adeleke Adeyinka Bode are the impacted DIGs.

The commission stated in a statement issued on Monday by its spokesperson, Ikechukwu Ani, that the order was issued in execution of its constitutional powers under the Third Schedule, Part 1 M, paragraphs A and B of the 1999 Constitution, as strengthened by Section 6 of the Commissions (Establishment) Act 2001.

“In the aftermath of Mr. President’s appointment of acting Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, on June 19, 2023, the Commission had expected, in keeping with the revered tradition of discipline and regimented culture of the Nigeria Police Force, that those DIGS who were seniors in rank prior to his elevation would voluntarily apply for retirement or elect to leave the Force,” the statement read in part.

“After waiting an inordinate amount of time and receiving no such application from any of them, the Commission decided to compulsorily retire them in order to maintain discipline, which is the bedrock of the Force, and to discourage status reversal, which is inherently inimical to the exercise of authority by the Inspector General.”

As a result, the former DIGs have been ordered to enter into forced retirement on Friday, August 25, 2023, with immediate effect. The Commission recognises their enormous contributions and efforts towards peace and security in our nation and wishes them well in their retirement activities.”

In addition, the police commission authorised the promotion of four Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) to the rank of Detective Inspector General of Police (DIGs).

The new DIGs would take the position of the retired DIGs, pending approval by the commission’s board.

Ibrahim Sani Kaoje, Daniel Sokari-Pedro, Ayuba Ekpeji, and Usman Nagogo are the new DIGs.

According to the commission, the new DIGs are recruited from the same geopolitical zones as the retiring ones.

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