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No Retirement For IGP Alkali Baba Before  2023 Elections –  FG

January 18, (THEWILL) – The Federal Government on Wednesday, doused tension over reports that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, will be retiring midway into the general elections.

According to reports (not THEWILL), IGP Alkali Baba,  who clocks 60 years on March 1, 2023, will retire amid fears of heightened insecurity just before the general elections.

Speaking to State House Correspondents after a meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by Vice-President Yemi  Osinbajo, on Wednesday, Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi, said the Police Act 2020 has changed the rules for an IGP’s retirement, adding that he already has his tenure extended via a letter by the President.

“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,” Dingyadi told State House Correspondents in response to questions on the expected retirement of the IGP.

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

The Police Council confirmed him as the substantive Inspector General of Police in June 2021.

There had been concerns over the expected retirement of the IGP, three Deputy Inspectors General of Police (DIGs), many Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), Commissioners of Police (CPs) and 290 other policemen in the first quarter of 2023.

Dingyadi also disclosed that FEC approved the draft bill for an Act to establish Nigeria Police Institutions, which he said is to provide legal backing to the existing training institutions across the country and not to build new ones.