The Police Service Commission (PSC) has retired four Deputy Inspectors General of Police (DIGs) from their positions. The affected individuals are DIGs Dan-Mallam Mohammed, Moses Ambakina Jitiboh, Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa, and Adeleke Adeyinka Bode.
Offering further explanation for their retirements, the PSC stated, “Following the appointment of the acting Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, on June 19, 2023, by the President, the Commission had anticipated that, in line with the esteemed tradition of discipline and structured culture of the Nigeria Police Force, those DIGs who held higher ranks before his appointment would either willingly retire or choose to leave the Force.”
The Commission further explained, “Having allowed sufficient time for this to occur without receiving any such applications, the decision was made to compulsorily retire them. This decision aims to uphold discipline, which forms the foundation of the Force, and to discourage a reversal of status, which can undermine the authority of the Inspector General.”
The Police Service Commission exercised its legal authority as outlined in the Third Schedule, Part 1 M, para A&B of the 1999 Constitution, reinforced by Section 6 of the Commissions (Establishment) Act 2001, para a, c, d, e, & f, to retire the four Deputy Inspectors General of Police.
Consequently, the former DIGs have been instructed to commence their compulsory retirements effective from August 25, 2023. The Commission expressed gratitude for their substantial contributions to the country’s peace and security, extending well wishes for their future endeavors during retirement.
According to a statement signed by spokesperson Ikechukwu Ani, the Commission also sanctioned the appointment of four Assistant Inspectors General of Police to be promoted to the rank of Deputy Inspectors General of Police. This appointment is contingent upon ratification by the Commission’s Board and is intended to fill the vacancies left by the retired DIGs.
The newly promoted DIGs—namely, Ibrahim Sani Ka’oje, Daniel Sokari-Pedro, Ayuba Ekpeji, and Usman Nagogo—have been selected from the same respective geo-political regions as their predecessors. They have no pending disciplinary matters or significant medical conditions and health impairments.
While congratulating the newly appointed DIGs on their advancement to this prestigious rank, the Commission expressed hope that their appointments would enhance the effectiveness of the Nigeria Police in fulfilling its responsibilities.
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