Police deny IG Adamu paid over N2bn for tenure extension

Nigeria police have denied reports credited to an online publication which claimed that the Inspector General, Mohammed Adamu, paid over N2 billion for his recent tenure extension by President Muhammadu Buhari.

IGP Mohammed Adamu

The police command, in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, Monday, while describing the report as ‘untrue, unfounded, defamatory and libelous,’ informed that the Command will take legal action against the media group.

It would be recalled that a publication by Sahara Reporters, dated February 07, 2021, had alleged that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu paid over N2 billion for his recently-approved tenure extension.

“The Force wishes to state categorically that the extension of service of the IGP was strictly the prerogative of the President and was never paid for as maliciously reported in the publication.

“The insinuations also by Sahara Reporters that the IGP did not ‘celebrate’ his extension smacks of ignorance and a pathetic misplacement of priority. The extension does not call for merry-making or celebration but a time for more work, rededication to duty and selfless service to the nation.

“The IGP, while assuring the nation of an unwavering commitment by the Force under his leadership, to improved service delivery, safety and security of the citizenry, enjoins members of the public to disregard and discountenance the publication by Sahara Reporters as evidently untrue and unfounded. “The IGP is undistracted and the Force remains motivated and committed to delivering on its mandate, especially the task of neutralizing current and emerging internal security threats.

“Meanwhile, the IGP has directed his legal team to commence legal actions against the online publishers,” Mba said.

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