EXCLUSIVE: Buhari Shops For New IGP, As Arase Set To Embark On Pre-retirement Leave

In a couple of weeks, all the Assistant Inspectors General of Police will be due for retirement in one fell swoop. The Deputy Inspectors General are also not exempted as well. This must have prompted President Muhammadu Buhari shops for a new Inspector General of Police that would share his ideals in the war against corruption.

Authoritative sources disclosed that the incumbent Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase is due to retire in June this year but he has to embark on pre-retirement leave at least three months before his retirement. Curiously, Arase seems not prepared to leave office. Not just yet as he is said to still be touring the various Police formations under him. From our records he has not yet visited about twelve and there is no way he could visit all of them as he is slated to start his leave in the next couple of days.

President Muhammadu Buhari meanwhile is said to be shopping for a replacement for the outgoing Inspector General of Police having ruled out the possibility of appointing any of the current senior officers after intelligence reports were submitted on them.

Intense lobbying has been on for the past couple of months among those who see themselves as qualified to occupy the post, perhaps another reason why the President has decided to bypass them and pick people who are not in any way tainted.

Sources however gathered that the President is likely to focus on picking an officer from the South East or North Central for the post, even though front runners present include Shinaba of Lagos State who is believed to have many strong people within the party putting in words for him.

Since the President has beamed the searchlight on Commissioners of Police who are seemingly untainted, one of those being pencilled down is the incumbent Commissioner of Police in charge of Rivers State, Chris Ezike. Apart from the fact that he is well read and had gone through all the required courses that are prerequisites, his work rate is said to have appealed to the President. he is from Anambra State.

Whether Buhari would however stick to his guns and dump all the senior officers to appoint a Commissioner of Police as the new Inspector General of Police is something that only the President himself would be able to answer, but he has to resolve this in a matter of weeks if not days. meanwhile, lobbyists have continued to have a field day as the various interest groups try to play their cards

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