Former IG of Police, Hafiz Ringim has commenced his pre-retirement leave today, January 25, 2012. He is due to retire from the force on March 1, 2012.
Hafiz Ringim has been ordered to go into mandatory retirement following a series of bomb attacks launched in various northern cities by members of the Islamist movement Boko Haram.
He is to be replaced by an Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, according to a statement from the Presidency.
Ringim joined the Nigeria Police Force as a Cadet Inspector on March 1, 1977. By March 1, 2012, he will clock 35 years in the police force, which is the bar, except the President extends his tenure.
A source at police headquarters in Abuja told reporters that Ringim, on finding out yesterday about his removal, immediately de-mobilized 17 commanders of the Mobile Police Unit (MOPOL) and replaced them with his loyalists. “Why should a man on his way out put his men in place to head MOPOL?” asked the source, adding that he hoped the new IG would reverse Ringim’s decision.
President Jonathan also approved the retirement of all Deputy Inspector Generals of Police (DIGs) with immediate effect.