Buhari, IGP meet as IG recalls Imo CP, 14 others


President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met behind closed doors with the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris.

The meeting took place at the President’s office shortly after the Jumma’at prayer at the State House mosque.

Idris was expected to retire from service on attainment of the mandatory 35 years in service on Thursday.

A source on Friday said that the fate of the police boss will be known after the meeting.

“We are optimistic, but all will be known after this meeting,” the source said.

Idris at the end of the meeting did not speak with journalists and no official statement yet on the latest development.

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Idris was appointed by President Buhari on 21 March 2016, to replace Solomon Arase, who retired from the police force on 21 June 2016.

The 59- year old Ibrahim Idris enlisted into the Nigerian Police Force in 1984, after graduating from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture.

Speculations are rife that at the attainment of the Idris’ mandatory retirement age of 60 years of service in the police on Wednesday, January 3, the President may extend it for some period of time given that the country is on the verge of a national elections in few weeks’ time.

IG recalls Imo CP, 14 others two days after their redeployment

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Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has recalled Dasuki Galadanchi to Imo State as the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Command two days after he was transferred out of the state.

Also recalled are three Deputy Commissioners of Police and 11 Assistant Commissioners of Police redeployed to various states of the federation by the Police chief.

The IGP had, on Wednesday, redeployed Galadanchi to Bauchi State and posted the current Commissioner of Police in charge of Kogi State command, Ali Janga, to the state.

But 48 hours later, the IGP reversed himself and cancelled all the transfers.

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Our correspondent gathered that a signal came on Friday morning stating that all the transferred Police officers should return to their former offices with immediate effect.

One of the affected Police officers who preferred not to be mentioned told our correspondent that he was racing back to the state to resume duty.

The visibly elated Police chief said that there was power play among top politicians from the state.

When our correspondent visited the Police Command headquarters in Owerri, Police officers who were in a happy mood were seen discussing what many of them called “a serious power play.”

Most of them who spoke to our correspondent in confidence said that it was unfortunate that politicians were playing politics with the security of the state.

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