Reports of a palpable plot to remove Solomon Arase as the Inspector General of the Nigerian Police have started to raise dust.
Sources (pro and anti-Arase forces) have confirmed that the move to ease Arase out before his retirement next year was being coordinated by a leading figure of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the southern part of the country.
Before the APC top-notcher jetted out of the country last week, he reportedly directed the projected replacement to see a tradition custodian who is expected to take him to a retired IGP from the North.
The retired IGP is well respected and reportedly close to President Muhammadu Buhari.
A few weeks back, the camp of the proposed successor met in Lagos to review plans and strategies.
The APC chieftain was said to be initially packaging a northerner who recently served as commissioner of police in a South-Western state before his elevation as AIG.
The move-over to the southerner was said to be occasioned by the reality that the North could not have the position again without widespread uproar.
Checks at the presidency showed that the issue had been mentioned but nothing had been concluded.