by Kemi Omosanya
For a long time speculations of his impending sack by the president have been rife but today, the Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, officially tendered his letter of retirement.
Sources say Ringim, who was due for retirement in about two months, was asked to take an early retirement by the president. His removal may not be unconnected with the recently increased spate of bombings in the north by the Boko Haram sect, and the inability of the police and other security agencies to make any headway in curbing the activities of the sect.
It will be recalled that the president also gave an ultimatum to the former IGP last week, when the suspected mastermind of the Madalla Christmas Day bombing, Kabir Sokoto, escaped from police custody. The president told the IGP to ensure that the suspect was found within 24 hours; however, Sokoto is still at large.
Ringim is also currently facing a panel set up by the National Security Adviser, Gen. Owoye Azazi, as part of the fallout of Sokoto’s escape. The panel is expected to submit its report on the IGP’s response to the query issued him on Friday
According to sources, Ringim is to be replaced by MD Abubakar, an Assistant Inspector General of Police who has been in charge of Zone 12, Bauchi and was one time Commissioner of Police in Lagos and Kano states. It will be recalled that a Justice Niki Tobi panel had in 2011 found Mr. Abubakar complicit in crises in Jos as well as by the Justice Chukwudifu Oputa Panel in the murder of Shola Omashola.
Some Deputy Inspectors General (DIGs) are also said to be vacating their offices because the position of IGP is being filled by a junior officer.