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IGP’s tenure extension Buhari’s prerogative, police commission clarifies

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Ibrahim Ramalan
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Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The Police Service Commission, PSC, says the extension of tenure for the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Usman Baba, is a prerogative of President Muhammadu Buhari and not the commission.

Ikechukwu Ani, the Head of Press and Public Relations of PSC said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Mr Ani said that the clarification followed a report in an online publication quoting a commissioner in the PSC, Lawal Bawa, as saying that it endorsed the tenure elongation for the IGP.

He said that although Mr Bawa had since denied making the statement, it was important for the PSC to make the clarification, so as to put the matter in proper perspective.

“The commission, therefore, wishes to state that it has not endorsed any tenure elongation for the current I-G. The commission was never contacted on this subject at any time.

“The commission will always commit itself to the letters and spirit of the laws of the land and will not at any time support or encourage any attempt to subvert these laws,” he said.

He called on the media to avoid unnecessary sensationalism in their attempt to attract huge readership.

NAN

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