PSC Enforces Retirement of Four High-Ranking Officers and Elevates Others


In a significant move, the Police Service Commission (PSC) has compelled the retirement of four Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs) and concurrently promoted four Assistant Inspectors-General of Police to the rank of DIGs.

Those directly affected by this decision are Dan-Mallam Mohammed, Moses Ambakina Jitiboh, Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa, and Adeleke Adeyinka Bode.

As articulated by Ikechukwu Ani, Head of Press and Public Relations at the PSC, this decision to retire the DIGs is grounded in the commission’s lawful authority; as outlined in the Third Schedule, Part 1 M, para A&B of the 1999 constitution, backed by Section 6 of the commissions (Establishment) Act 2001, para a, c, d, e, and f.

This development transpired following the appointment of Kayode Egbetokun as the acting Inspector-General of Police on June 19, 2023, by President Bola Tinubu. The commission had anticipated that those DIGs who held higher ranks than Egbetokun would either voluntarily retire or leave the Force, considering the established discipline and structure of the Nigeria Police Force.

As none of them opted for voluntary retirement, the commission opted to exercise its authority and enforce their retirement; with the intention of preserving discipline within the Force and preventing potential conflicts in authority under the Inspector General of Police.

Consequently, the former DIGs have been directed to initiate their compulsory retirement, effective from Friday; 25th August, 2023. The commission conveyed appreciation for their contributions to the nation’s peace and security; while also extending best wishes for their endeavors after retirement.

Additionally, the commission has granted approval for the appointment of four Assistant Inspectors General of Police, slated to be promoted to the position of Deputy Inspectors-General, pending the endorsement of the commission’s board. These appointments are intended to fill the vacancies left by the retired DIGs.

The newly appointed DIGs, hailing from the same geographical regions as their predecessors, are DIGs Ibrahim Sani Ka’oje, Daniel Sokari-Pedro, Ayuba Ekpeji, and Usman Nagogo.

With felicitations, the commission commended the recently promoted DIGs and expressed optimism that their elevated roles will augment the Nigeria Police’s commitment to fulfilling its mandate with renewed vigor.









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