IG welcomes Buhari from Katsina amidst handover rumour


Published February 3, 2021

Olalekan Adetayo , Abuja
The Inspector -General of Police , Mohammed Adamu , was one of the top government officials who welcomed the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd) , back to Abuja on Tuesday .
There has been anxiety over Adamu ’s continued presence in office after he attained 35 years in service on Monday .
On Tuesday , reports made the rounds that he had handed over to the most senior Deputy Inspector- General of Police .
But a competent police source who does not want his name in print said there was no truth in the reports .
Like on Monday however, the IGP was said to have still reported for work at the Loius Edet House headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force in Abuja .
After attending to his official duties , Adamu joined other top government officials at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport , Abuja to welcome the President .
Buhari had last Friday left Abuja for his hometown , Daura , Katsina State , for what the Presidency described as a four – day official visit.
On Saturday , he revalidated his membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Daura .
He was joined by 10 state governors elected on the platform of the party ; the President of the Senate , Ahmad Lawan ; and a former President of the Senate , Ken Nnamani .
Apart from Adamu, the Chief of Staff to the President , Prof Ibrahim Gambari ; and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory , Mohammed Bello , were among government officials who received the President at the airport .
The police source said, “ There is no truth in the reports that IGP Adamu has handed over to anybody .
“ He worked throughout today ( Tuesday ) in his office and proceeded to the airport to receive Mr President in the evening .
“ If he had handed over , it just makes sense that the person he handed over to would have been the one to receive the President at the airport . ”
The Force Public Relations Officer , Frank Mba, a Commissioner of Police , did not take his call on Tuesday evening when our correspondent made attempts to get his reaction .
The Presidency too has yet to issue a statement on Adamu ’s fate.

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