All the seven Deputy Inspectors-General of Police(DIGs) may be on their way out of the Nigeria Police Force alongside Ibrahim Idris, the former Inspector-General of Police, who retired on Tuesday.
Police sources said the impending retirement of the DIGs might be in line with police and military traditions, with the unwritten code that superior officers don’t serve under their juniors in the same command.
Adamu, was an Assistant Inspector of Police (AIG) before he was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as acting Inspector of Police on Tuesday. His appointment leapfrogged him above his seven superiors in the police hierarchy.
“This is all about hierarchy and egos. You are not expected to serve under a junior officer who had been appointed your commanding officer. It is either you resign or seek transfer to another command. In this case, what will the DIGs do?,” a Police source said.
The retirement rumour is stronger as it concerns the four DIGs who are members of the Police Management Team as there are indications that they might be forced out of the service, if they do not voluntarily resign, to pave the way for Adamu to set up a new management team he could work with.
These are DIG Maigari Dikko in Charge of Department of Finance and Administration; DIG Joshuak Habila, Department of Operations; DIG Emmanuel Inyang, Information and Communications Technology; and DIG Agboola Oshodi-Glover, Logistics and Supply Departments.
The other three DIGs, who are not part of the Inner Police Management Team are DIGs Mohammed Katsina (Research and Planning Department); Sani Mohammed (Training and Development Department); and Peace Madueke -Abdallah (Federal Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department). They were promoted to their new ranks late last year.
But a police source said these three DIGs might survived the impending retirements of the DIGs by virtue of their seeming parity with Adamu before his elevation to the top position.
“The three DIGs were on the same rank as Adamu last year. In fact, Abdallah was a Commissioner of Police the same time the acting IG was also a CP, so they were almost on the same level. By virtue of this fact, the new police boss may include them in his management team and save their career from sudden death,” the source told a new medium.
In fact Madueke-Abdallah still has about six years to retire from service.
However, the decision to retain any members of the Police Management Team rested on the acting IG, who is expected to write to the Police Service Commission about his chosen team members. His decision might elongate any of their career or cut them short.
Adamu’s first task on resumption of duties at Force Headquarters was to hold a meeting with the DIGs in his office after which he went round other offices at the complex to meet with some officers and familiarise himself with his men.
The acting IG from Lafia, Nasarawa State, enlisted into the Force on February 1, 1986 as Cadet Assistant Superintendent (ASP).