Culled from Nkanu Ebuka Contributor – Ayo Dada
Among the top contenders for who succeeds IG Adamu, AIG Moses Jitoboh is seen as the favourite to step into his shoes and the most eligible candidate for the IG position. Jitoboh is Harvard trained and has what it takes to revamp the distrusted, corrupt and battered Nigerian Police force. It is however very suspicious as to why Buhari will extend the tenure of the incumbent IG Adamu who attained the retirement age at 60 years (MANDATORY). Could it be that the northerners power that be do not want to give the position to a southerner? NIGERIANS ARE WATCHING!!!
According to Police watchers, he has age, number of years left in the force, geo-political zone and more importantly qualification as his strong points.
Born on June 1, 1970 and from Bayelsa State, he got enlisted into the Police Force on October 6, 1994 and is not due for retirement until 2029. This puts him in good stead among others considering the new police act which mandates that only an officer with at least four years of active service could be appointed as IGP.
It is instructive to note that out of the 23 of the 24 AIGs due for retirement between January 2021 and 2023 either based on enlistment or age, Jitoboh remains the youngest and has more than eight years left in the service. Besides being younger in age and year of enlistment, he is among the top 3 most Senior AIGs on the officers list of the Nigeria Police Force.
Section 7 of the Nigeria Police ACT 2020 has positioned him as the most qualified officer to become the next IGP. This is also considering his performances since joining the Police. Police records also shows that none of the six DIGs representing the six geo-political zones are eligible to be appointed as IGP after Adamu exits based on the new police Act. Apart From DIG Aminchi Baraya and Ibrahim lamorde, all from the North – East who are due to retire alongside IGP Adamu from the North Central in February 2021, the rest have less than two years to exit the force.
Jitoboh to his advantage is in acting capacity as a DIG. This is informative because there is this penchant for serving IGPs to retire along with their DIGs, who are usually either their course mates or outright seniors in the force. Moses Jibotoh who once served as Commissioner of Police, CP, Adamawa and until his current posting, was AIG in charge of Border Patrol comes to mind here as an excellent performer in handling affairs of the Police Force. This informed the reason the police authority gave for his recent position and posting as acting DIG in charge of Research and Development in the Force Headquarters.
It is also on record that the South South geo-political Zone of the country deserve to occupy the exalted position this time around.
Officers who have worked closely with him describe him as a very disciplined, intelligent and detribalised officer. They also added that appointing him to the position would provide the much needed answers to most of the internal security problems in the country
There is nothing wrong in Nigerians wanting the most qualified for such a sensitive position as that of the Inspector General of the Nigerian Police Force. THERE MUST BE NO NEPOTISM IN THE RIGHT AND QUALIFIED MAN/WOMAN FOR THIS EXALTED POSITION.
IF THERE IS A BETTER QUALIFIED OFFICER, LET THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THE NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE, AND, OR GENERAL BUHARI PUBLICLY POST SUCH OFFICER’S RESUME AND LET THE PEOPLE OF NIGERIA SEE WHO THAT IS, AND THEIR WILL NOT BE ANY CRY OF MARGINALIZATION.
CONTRARY TO THE ABOVE, NIGERIANS WHO STILL CLAIM THAT GENERAL BUHARI IS NOT A NEPOTIST WILL BE LEFT WITH NO DOUBT THAT HE INDEED NOT ONLY A NEPOST, BUT ALSO A PRESIDENT OF A REGION WHERE HE COMES FROM AND IS HELL BENT ON FILLING ALL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT APPOINTMENTS FROM THAT REGION, THE NORTHERN PART OF NIGERIA!