What appeared to be rumours among security watchers and personnel finally came to pass when the presidency finally asked the current Inspector General of Police (IG), Mohammed Abubakar, to proceed on compulsory leave due to the rising insecurity in the country under his watch.
In a letter issued early this week from the presidency through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Abubakar was directed to proceed on leave on Monday and to hand over to his immediate subordinate, Suleiman Fakai, who is the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of Finance and Administration.
THISDAY reliably gathered that the letter, which was signed by President Goodluck Jonathan, was first taken to the office of the Chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC), Mr. Mike Okiro, who was said to have refused to forward the letter to the IG.
The source stated further that when it was obvious that Okiro was not going to deliver the letter, the presidency decided to send it through the SGF’s office.
Abubakar had earlier applied for an extension of his tenure, which is supposed to expire in July this year, but was turned down by the presidency on account of the underperformance of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) under his leadership.
Fakai, who will step in an acting capacity, was born on November 1, 1959, in Fakai Local Government Area of Kebbi State and was enlisted into the Nigerian Police Force on January 1, 1984, as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) after obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from the Bayero University, Kano.
Fakai, who is due to retire on January 1, 2019, has served in different police formations, including as Commissioner of Police in Katsina, Osun, Enugu States and the Police Academy, Kano.
He also served as Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 5, Benin, Force Secretary, Zone 2, Lagos, Zone 3, Yola, before he was promoted to the rank of DIG on March 2, 2012.
He is married to Hajia Bilikisu and they are blessed with six children.