The Nigeria Police Force has refuted claims that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, paid N2 billion for tenure extension, describing the allegations as untrue, unfounded, defamatory and libelous.
Reacting to the story, the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, in a statement issued in Abuja and made available to reporters, said the extension of service of the IGP was strictly the prerogative of President Muhammadu Buhari and “was never paid for as maliciously reported in the publication”.
TheFact Nigeria gathered that an online media publication posted by Sahara Reporters had, yesterday, 7 February, claimed that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, paid over N2 billion to get a one-year extension in office.
It further claimed that he visited traditional rulers and persons of influence across Nigeria and also went on a spending spree on influencers in the Presidential Villa to get a one-year extension but the efforts did not materialise.
The report also said, Adamu was so upset that he was given only three months extension, that he locked himself in his office, barring senior officers from congratulating him.
The Force Spokesperson, however, assured that the IGP was not distracted by the report, adding that the Force was committed to delivering on its mandate, especially the task of neutralizing current and emerging internal security threats.
“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, NPM, mni paid over 2 Billion Naira for the tenure extension.
“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 publisher,” the statement reads.