-#EndSARS aftermath: IGP Adamu, Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai and other Service Chiefs may resign by 11th November, 2020.
The spate of insecurity in Nigeria and the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest against police brutality may claim their biggest casualties among the country’s Service Chiefs.
Top among them are the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu; the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, and the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas.
Almost all the service chiefs, including Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin, and Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar are due for retirement.
But it appears the continuous public uproars against them are getting out of control.
Nigeria’s Service Chiefs, particularly the IGP, have been under intense pressure over the years with more and more Nigerians, including the National Assembly calling for their heads over failure to stem the rising cases of insecurity in the country.
The last straw that breaks the Camel’s back appears to be the recent #EndSARS protest especially the alleged role the Nigerian Police and Army played before and during the protests.
Morenews.ng gathered the IGP, Army Chief, Naval Chief may be changed by 11th November, 2020 as President Muhammadu Buhari comes under more pressure to sack them.
According to the source, IGP Adamu may be given soft landing by heading for a compulsory leave before the end of his tenure in February, 2021.
The Inspector-General of Police had admitted that the Force is not oblivious of the need to combat armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes in the country which was before now the core mandate of the erstwhile the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, while announcing the dissolution of the Squad.
His efforts to evolve a new policing arrangement to address anticipated policing gaps has not brought needed results.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has come under fire even within the military following the inability of the Nigerian Army to combat insurgency and banditry in the country, especially the escapades of Boko Haram and Miyatti Allah’s Fulani Herdsmen.
Commissioned in 1983, with multiple command, administrative, and instructional appointments, Tukur Yusuf Buratai was appointed in July 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The 22nd Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), is also expected to drop his resignation letter on or before 11th November, 2020 or be sacked.
He might be replaced by the most senior commissioned officer with a view to formulating and executing new policies towards the highest attainment of National Security and operational competence of the Nigerian Navy.
Born on 27th September, 1960, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas was appointed to the position on July 13, 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari to succeed Usman Oyibe Jibrin.
Their impending ouster is part of the measures toward restructuring Nigeria’s security apparatus many believed has been compromised and is expected to bring an end to sustained agitations from Nigerians.
Despite repeated calls for their sack, President Muhammadu Buhari has kept the security chiefs in office.
In July this year, the Senate demanded all service chiefs to step aside as a result of the rising insecurity in the country, after 200 army officers left the army.
The Senate’s resolution was sequel to a motion sponsored by the Senator representing Borno South and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume.
The national lawmakers had accordingly directed its joint committee on security to find out why over 200 army officers deserted the service.
In a remark, Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, said though Tukur Buratai and Service Chiefs were trying their best to secure the country, their effort were not enough to lift Nigeria out the current security quagmire.