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Police refute rumours alleging IGP’s sack

THE Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has urged Nigerians to disregard false information spreading on social media over the dismissal of Inspector-General of Police Usman Alkali Baba.

Police spokesman, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement today that Alkali remains the IGP and would carry out his duties as such.

“The Nigeria Police wishes to urge the general public to disregard the false news making the rounds on social media alleging the sack of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, NEAPS, fdc, CFR, by a Federal High Court in Awka,” Adejobi stated.

“The said judgment is subject to appeal and the alleged news is thus false, unfounded, and perceived to be the handiwork of mischief makers.”

According to Adejobi, IGP Alkali was appointed under a letter-number SGF.20/S.6/83 dated 30th November 2021 for a 4-year tenure, and his time in office is covered by his appointment.

He went on to say that on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, the Federal High Court in Abuja denied a complaint seeking to compel the IGP to step down from his position on March 1, 2023.

Adding that Justice J. K. Omotosho’s judgement was in accordance to the provision of Section 7 (6) of the Police Act, 2020, anyone appointed as the IGP has a statutorily recognized four-year tenure.

Omotosho, according to Adejobi, regarded the IGP’s four-year tenure as sacrosanct, emphasizing that his retirement as IGP had nothing to do with age or years of service.

The Police spokesman went on to say that the four-year timeframe for those selected as IGP was established by the law and not on personal grounds to favor an individual, but for the overall good of the Nigeria Police Force.

“Consequently, members of the public are on this notice advised to ignore the false news making the rounds on social media,” he said.

“IGP Usman Alkali Baba remains the Inspector-General of Police and is duty-bound to execute the responsibilities of the office in accordance with extant laws.”

Adejobi also highlighted the IGP’s commitment to improving policing services throughout the country, as well as the establishment of professionalism and community-oriented policing.

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