Following the appointment of Idris Ibrahim as the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), the Police Service Commission (PSC) has on Friday approved the retirement of 21 Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIG) in a major, but expected purge of senior officers.
This is contained in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja by the Head, Press and Public Relations (PSC), Ikechukwu Ani.
The retirement of the senior officers came on the approval of the Acting IGP, upon his assumption of office, as the affected AIGs were senior to him before his appointment.
The affected AIGs include, Bala Hassan; Yahaya Ardo; Irmiya Yarima; Danladi Mshebwala; Tambari Mohammed; Bala Magaji Nasarawa; Musa Abdulsalam; Adisa Bolanta and Mohammed Gana.
Also affected by the retrenchment exercise were Umaru Manko; Lawal Tanko; Olufemi Adenike; Johnson Ogunsakin; Adenrele Shinaba; James Caulcrick; Olufemi Ogunbayode; Edgar Nanakumo; Kalafite Adeyemi; Patrick Dokumor; Joseph Mbu and Sabo Ringim.
Following the retrenchment, majority of the experienced officers in the Force may have been swept off.
Quite a number of critics have argued that the practice is depriving the police of the much needed experience and institutional memory.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Commission, Mike Okiro “congratulated the affected officers for their meritorious service to the nation and wished them well in their new endeavours.”