The embattled Commandant-General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana, has not fully handed over the mantle of leadership of the corps, DAILY NIGERIAN learnt.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Mr Gana on Monday bowed out of service, following the expiration of his tenure extension on January 17, 2021.
It was gathered that in the early hours of Monday, Mr Gana had privately handed over the mantle of the NSCDC leadership to the DCG Operations, Kelechi Madu, at the corps headquarters, Abuja.
But sources at the headquarters told DAILY NIGERIAN that Mr Gana only partially handed over the leadership of the corps to Mr Madu, one of his loyalists, in safekeeping for him, pending the time he secures reappointment.
It was also gathered that Mr Gana even came to the office today (Tuesday), since there was no directive from the Presidency or the interior ministry for him to hand over.
The source added that he handed over the leadership in respect of the law since his tenure extension has expired.
The source close to Mr Gana said: “To the best of my knowledge, that there was no directive from the Presidency or the Ministry of Interior instructing him to hand-over the leadership of the NSCDC to the most senior officer in the corps. He only did what he did to respect the law.
“He handed over to one of his loyalists to continue discharging the affairs of the corps pending the time he secures his second tenure. He was optimistic that the Presidency would reappoint him.”
However, another insider described Mr Gana’s action as unconstitutional, saying that the entire officers and men of the NSCDC are tired of his “incompetent leadership”.
“The CG is very greedy and selfish. He is 58 years old this month. So, even if he is reappointed, his retirement age will catch up with him midway.
“I believe there is no need for him to keep lobbying and keep greasing people’s palms to secure reappointment. Only God knows how much this man spent to get his tenure extended by six months,” the source lamented.