The Police Service Commission (PSC) has announced the retirement of four Deputy Inspectors General of Police (DIGs).
In a statement released by Ikechukwu Ani, the Head of Press and Public Relations, the retired senior officers have been identified as DIGs Dan-Mallam Mohammed, Moses Ambakina Jitiboh, Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa, and Adeleke Adeyinka Bode.
The statement said, “in the wake of the appointment of the acting Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun on the 19th of June, 2023 by Mr. President, the Commission had expected in consonance 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 will voluntarily apply for retirement or elect to leave the Force.” The statement said
The Commission clarified that it had extended a reasonable period for any of the mentioned officers to apply for extension of service, yet no such applications were received. Thus, in order to maintain discipline, which forms the foundation of the Force, and to prevent the adverse consequences of status reversal that undermine the authority of the Inspector General, the Commission has made the decision to retire them compulsorily.
The statement further outlines that the former Deputy Inspectors General of Police have been directed to immediately initiate their compulsory retirement, effective from Friday, 25th August, 2023. The Commission expressed its gratitude for their significant contributions and dedication towards ensuring peace and security within the country.
“Similarly, the Commission also approved the appointment of four Assistant Inspectors General of Police to the rank of Deputy Inspectors General of Police which would be subject to ratification by the Board of the Commission to replace the retired DIGs.” The statement further added.
“The newly appointed DIGs Ibrahim Sani Ka’oje; Daniel Sokari – Pedro, Ayuba Ekpeji, and Usman Nagogo who are without Pending Disciplinary Matters and/or without any serious medical conditions and health impairments were drawn from the same respective geo-political regions of the retired ones.
The Commission while congratulating the new DIGs for their elevation, expressed hope that their appointment will add value and greater vigour to the efforts of the Nigeria Police in delivering on its mandate.