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Elections: IGP not going on retirement — Minister

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The Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi, Wednesday said that the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba, will not be retiring midway into the general elections.

The Minister said as earlier expected, the IGP already has an appointment letter extending his term in office.

He dropped the hint while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the first Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting of the year, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He explained that the Police Act 2020 has changed the rules for an IGP’s retirement.

There have been speculations in the media lately that the nation’s Police Chief would be clocking 60 years on March 1, 2023, and would be expected to honour the rule that mandates public servants to go on retirement at 60 years.

But fielding questions from journalists on whether or not the IGP would be retiring as expected, Dingyadi said “I don’t know where you got your record, but let me say that by the provision of the Police Act 2020, the IG is now supposed to have a kind of four-year period and Mr President has already given him a letter of appointment in that regard.

“So the issue of IG going out during this election period does not arise.”

President Muhammadu Buhari appointed the then DIG Baba as the acting Inspector General of Police on April 6, 2021.

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