IGP Adamu denies buying police tenure extension for N2 billion

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Adamu has denied coughing up over N2 billion to bribe the federal government into extending his tenure.

IGP Adamu was due to retire on February 2 after serving the police for 35 years. But his tenure was extended by three months so the government could find a successor.

IGP Adamu, according to Sahara Reporters, laid Aso Rock cabal, traditional rulers and other influence peddlers over N2 billion to get a one-year extension but became angry after he was given only three months.

The police chief has denied the report as “fake”. The denial was made in a statement police spokesperson Frank Mba issued on Monday.

The statement reads:

The Police High Command has described as untrue, unfounded, defamatory and libellous, the publication by Sahara Reporters, dated February 07, 2021, which alleged that the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, paid over 2 Billion Naira for the 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.”

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