President Buhari on Tuesday 15 January, 2019 appointed Mohammed Abubakar Adamu as the acting Inspector General of Police. Prior to the appointment of Mr. Adamu, a former Assistant Inspector General of Police, there had been speculations that President Buhari might extend the tenure of his predecessor, Ibrahim Kpotum Idris who compulsory retired on the date of his appointment on attaining sixty years.
With the appointment of the new Inspector General of Police, an AIG, the choice of an Assistant Inspector General of Police may force the early retirement of seven Deputy Inspector Generals of Police. Nonetheless, Mr Adamu will need confirmation by the Council of State and the Senate to act in full capacity.
The Acting IGP who had served as a Commissioner of Police in Ekiti and Enugu States and the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 5, Police Command Headquarters, Benin, Edo State has promised to re-strategize the police force more effectively to tackle kidnapping and other security challenges in the country.