The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari, against considering an extension of the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, who is due for retirement in January 2019, having served in the Nigeria Police for 35 years, since 1984.
Recall, that Idris was appointed Inspector-General of Police by President Buhari, on March 21, 2016, replacing Solomon Arase, who retired from the Police Force, on June 21, 2016.
At a Media interaction with Journalists, in Lagos State, Kola Ologbodiyan, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, noted that his party rejects the attempt to extend the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police, saying that, it is another ploy in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, government’s strategy to scheme the 2019 general elections in its favour.
The expectation in many quarters, is that following the Arase precedence, Idris’ successor should have been announced last month.
However, Ologbodiyan implied that the Inspector-General of Police, who has been widely criticised for the perceived biased role of his men and Officers in the 2018 Governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States, may be retained “to continue the dirty jobs for the APC government, during the elections scheduled to hold in February and March, 2019.”
￼Ologbodiyan further revealed that the PDP was mindful of other moves by the APC to rig the elections.
He noted: “Our party is aware that the Inspector-General has surrounded every comment of Commissioner of Police in the States with informants. They are to attend political meetings and monitor the movement of the Police Commissioners. We appeal to the Inspector-General to insulate the Nigeria Police from partisan politics.
“Look at the way the Police Commissioners in Akwa Ibom and Rivers States are being transferred, at the least complain from the opposition APC in those States. We know that those relocation are at the prerogative of the Inspector-General of Police, but there is more to it than meet the eyes. Why is it that Police Commissioners in PDP-controlled States, who insist on applying the law without favour, are quickly replaced?”