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FG says IGP won’t retire amid 2023 General Elections

FG says IGP won’t retire amid 2023 General Elections

The Federal Government of Nigeria has said the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, will not retire amid the 2023 General Elections.

Although he would turn 60 years on March 1, 2023, falling within a timeframe before the end of the General Elections slated to last between February 25 and March 11, the Federal Government said he now has a four-year tenure approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi, disclosed this on Wednesday, following concerns about the possible retirement of the IGP amidst the 2023 elections.

Baba would turn 60 on March 1, 2023; four days after the presidential election and 10 days before the governorship elections which will hold on February 25 and March 11, respectively.

The Minister while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the first Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting of the year, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the Police Act 2020 gives the IGP a four-year tenure which cannot be interrupted by retirement age.

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Responding to a question bordering on whether the IGP would retire at 60 like other civil servants, Dingyadi said, “Let me say that by the provision of the Police Act 2020, the IG is now supposed to have a kind of four-year period and Mr President has already given him a letter of appointment in that regard.

“So, the issue of IG going out during this election period does not arise.”

Dingyadi also revealed that the FEC approved a draft bill for an Act to establish Nigeria Police Force College Training Schools and Institutions.

The Minister who said the piece of legislation will only give legal backing to about 20 existing training institutions nationwide, and not build new ones,  also said that the level of corruption within the Nigeria Police has drastically reduced.

President Muhammadu Buhari, appointed Baba, then-DIG, as the acting IGP on April 6, 2021. Two months later, the Police Council confirmed him as the substantive head of the Force.

FG says IGP won’t retire amid 2023 General Elections

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