The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba has ordered an immediate withdrawal of senior police officers attached to the Economic and financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The directive, as seen by news men was enclosed in a letter addressed to the chairman of EFCC Abdulrasheed Bawa on April 15, 2021.
The letter which was signed by an acting commissioner of police, Idowu Owohunwa stated that principal staff officer to the IGP, senior officers from the rank of chief superintendent of police (CSP) are to be released from the EFCC and report to the force headquarters on Wednesday, April 21
Premium times reported that the decision came as a result of the current operational requirements of the police
“I write to extend the warmest regards of the Inspector General of Police and to inform the Chairman that the Inspector General of Police has directed the withdrawal of all Senior Police Officers from the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) and above attached to your agency.
“This decision is informed by the current operational requirements of the Force. You are accordingly requested to kindly direct the immediate release of the concerned Officers who are to collectively report to the undersigned on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 1000hrs for further instructions,” the letter read in part.
In addtition, the IGP also requested the EFCC chair to “avail this office (IGP office) the comprehensive nominal roll of all police personnel attached to the EFCC to include their date of transfer and designations in the agency for the purpose of updating our records.”
This new development comes barely three weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Baba in acting capacity of IGP and barely two months after Bawa assumed office as EFCC chair
Recall also that this directive comes barely few days after Baba ordered the immediate disbandment of IGP monitoring satellite offices in Lagos and Port Harcourt.