CLAIM: On February 2, 2021, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a report on OperaNews blog claiming that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has finally handed over to his successor.
The report also claimed that IGP Adamu having completed his mandatory 35-years of service with the Nigeria Police Force handed over to Sanusi Lemo, a Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of operations at the Force Headquarters.
Checks by CDD fact-checkers show that as of the time of writing this report, Wednesday, February 3, 2021, IGP Adamu is still the Inspector General of Police in Nigeria.
IGP Adamu has not handed over to DIG Lemo or any other successor as claimed by the news blog.
Also, reacting to the report, the Force Public Relations Officer, Commissioner of Police Frank Mba, said the claim is false.
Mba, in an interview with the Nation Newspaper on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, said reports that the IGP has stepped aside and handed over activities at the Force Headquarters to DIG Lemo should be disregarded.
In addition, the approval of a new IGP is usually announced by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. However, as at the time of writing this report, President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to make such an announcement approving the retirement and further replacement of the IGP.
CDD can confirm that report that IGP Adamu has handed over to the new DIG in-charge of operations at the Force Headquarters is false.
IGP Adamu as at Wednesday, February 3, 2021, still serves as Inspector General of Police for Nigeria.
The CDD urges members of the public to read beyond headlines before sharing any news report, especially on social media.
You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on Twitter @CDDWestAfrica
Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa