Egbetokun Becomes New IGP As Tinubu Mediates In Rivers Political Turmoil

Egbetokun Becomes New IGP As Tinubu Mediates In Rivers Political Turmoil

Fawaz Adebisi 

The Nigeria Police Council has endorsed Kayode Egbetokun as the new Inspector General Of Police (IGP), following his appointment by President Bola Tinubu.

The council, which comprises the president, state governors and other members, met at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday and gave its approval to Egbetokun.

Egbetokun, who hails from Ogun State, joined the Nigeria Police Force in 1990 and has served in various capacities, including as the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State.

He will retire from service in September 2024, according to police rules.

The new IGP replaced Usman Baba, who was appointed by former President Muhammadu Buhari in April 2021.

Baba’s tenure was cut short by Tinubu, who assumed office on June 12, 2023 after winning the presidential election.

Meanwhile, Tinubu also intervened in the political and security situation unfolding in Rivers State, where Governor Siminalayi Fubara was facing impeachment threats from some lawmakers.

Tinubu reportedly met with the governor and the legislators and brokered a peace deal that averted the impeachment.

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