By Monday Ijeh, Abuja.
The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Dingyadi, says the appointment of Mr Usman Baba as the Inspector-General of Police (I-G) is for a single tenure of four years.
A statement by the Press Secretary to the minister, Mr Ošaigbovo Ehisienmen on Thursday in Abuja said that the clarification followed reports in some sections of the media on tenure extension for the I-G.
Dingyadi said that the I-G was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on April 6, 2021and confirmed by the Nigeria Police Council, headed by the President, in June, 2021 for a single tenure of four years.
“The appointment and confirmation were done as provided for, in Section 7 (3), and Section 7 (6) of the Police Act 2020, which amongst others, states ‘that the person appointed to the office of the I-G shall hold office for four years’.
“These provisions of the 2020 Police Act, amended, should not be misconstrued for tenure extension as erroneously reported in some sections of the media,” he said.
The minister expressed concerns over the misrepresentation of his response on the I-G’s tenure by some sections of the media at an engagement with State House Correspondents on Wednesday.