President Muhammadu Buhari has been blamed for his failure to summon a meeting of the Nigeria Police Council(NPC) for the past two years.
The council actually met last on May 23, 2019, when it confirmed the appointment of Abubakar Adamu as the substantive Inspector-General of Police at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President had on January 15, 2019, appointed Adamu as acting IGP following the retirement of IGP Ibrahim Idris.
Though Adamu is expected to leave the office on 1st February, having reached the mandatory retirement age.
Aso Rock Villa sources however said that there are moves by Adamu to secure tenure extension.
The silence from the Presidency and the inability of the police council to meet and appoint Adamu’s successor is strengthening rumours that the President may have approved additional months in office for the incumbent IGP.
President Buhari had granted similar privilege to the immediate past Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Muhammadu Gana, the service chiefs who overstayed in office by five years and the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede.
Under Adamu’s watch, Nigeria recorded an increase in mass abductions, including the kidnapping of over 333 students of the Government Science School, Kankara, Katsina State, by suspected bandits; rise in banditry and killings in Zamfara, Katsina, Niger and Kaduna states and the killings by hoodlums last October during the #EndSARS protests.
The inability of the security system to manage the security crises across the country led to the creation of the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Amotekun and the planned establishment of a security group by the South-East governors.