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IGP Won’t Retire At 60 – Says Minister

Usman Baba, the inspector general of police, will not retire when he turns 60 on March 1, 2023, according to Mohammed Dingyadi, the minister in charge of police affairs.

Dingyadi’s remarks came in response to recent worries about the IGP’s potential retirement during the 2023 elections.

On March 1st, 2023, Baba will turn 60; this is four days after the presidential election and ten days before the governorship elections, which will take place on February 25 and March 11 respectively.

The minister claims that the IGP has a four-year term that is not subject to termination due to retirement age under the Police Act 2020.

Responding to a question from our correspondent on whether or not 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 letter of appointment in that regard.

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

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

At least 290 senior officers are expected to retire from service between January and March 2023, findings show.

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They include three Deputy Inspectors-General and scores of Assistant Inspectors-General, 10 Commissioners of Police, five Deputy Commissioners of Police, over 20 Assistant Commissioners of Police, more than 35 Chief Superintendents of Police, 47 Superintendents of Police, 55 Deputy Superintendents of Police and 70 Assistant Superintendents of Police.

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

He said the piece of legislation will only give legal backing to about 20 existing training institutions nationwide, and not to build new ones.

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