Authorities at the command wield the big stick despite an ongoing court case

Police authorities, on Thursday, confirmed the sack of 14 Assistant Inspectors General of Police inherited by the new Inspector General, Mohammed Abubakar, despite an ongoing court case.

The 14 officers, who were on the same cadre as Abubakar before his appointment, and some of them his seniors, had opposed their retirement by the IG and contested the decision in court.

Abubakar, on resumption, had opted for a new corp of assistants, resulting in the elevation of 14 Commissioners of Police to the rank of AIG by the Police Service Commission.

The former AIGs were served their retirement letters on Wednesday, sources within the commission said; and while some of them collected, others were yet to receive theirs.

“This will enable the IG to carry out a total transformation of the police force,” the source said.

The controversy is said to have contributed to the delay in the assumption of office of the new AIGs, months after their promotion, as many of them had to stay away from the office since there were no vacant spaces for them to occupy.

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