The Police Service Commission (PSC) yesterday retired the controversial Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu and 20 others.
The affected AIGs were said to be senior to the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris .
A statement by the Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, said: “The Police Service Commission has approved the retirement of 21 Assistant Inspectors General of Police who were senior to the new acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, before his appointment.
The other affected AIGs are Bala A Hassan; Yahaya Garba Ardo; Irmiya F. Yarima; Danladi Y. Mshebwala; Tambari Y. Mohammed; Bala Magaji Nasarawa; Musa Abdulsalam; Adisa Bolanta; Mohammed J. Gana; and Umaru Abubakar Manko
Others are Lawal Tanko; Olufemi A. Adenike; Johson A Ogunsakin; Adenrele T. Shinaba; James O. Caulcrick; Olufefemi David Ogunbayode; Edgar T. Nanakumo; Kalafite H. Adeyemi; Patrick D. Dokumor and Sabo Ibrahim Ringim.
The Chairman of the commission, Sir, Dr. Mike Mbama Okiro, congratulated the affected officers for their meritorious service to the nation and wished them well in their new endeavours.”
A top source in the PSC said: “The retirement became necessary in order to avert crisis in the police hierarchy because there is no way these AIGs can be taking orders or directives from their junior.
“This is not a new practice, the same yardstick had been applied before in the Nigeria Police.”
It was, however, gathered that some of the AIGs were said to have had their cups full having been linked to partisan politics.
The source added: “Most of these retired AIGs were tested officers, but we have some that had been partisan in the discharge of their duties.
“The worst aspect is that these politically-inclined police officers have shown no sign of remorse for being used by politicians.”
But the decision of the PSC came as a shock to some of the AIGs who were looking forward to their elevation to the office of the Deputy Inspector-General of Police.
Another source said: “Some of these AIGs sacrificed their lives for the nation. A few of them served in the theatre of war against Boko Haram insurgency.
“The sudden retirement of these good hands might discourage diligence in the service. I think the PSC ought to be more tactical in its retirement benchmarks and decisions.”