President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday directed outgone Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to hand over immediately.
This was just as there were speculations that AIG Zanna Mohammed in charge of the Nigeria Police Academy in Wudil, Kano had been appointed as his successor.
Adamu had retired on Monday but stayed on in the hope that his tenure would be extended.
He even joined other dignitaries at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja to welcome Buhari back from his hometown, Daura in Katsina State, where he had gone to revalidate his membership of the All Progressives Congress.
After the president arrived Abuja, he was said to have ordered Adamu to immediately hand over and proceed in retirement.
Adamu had hung around, hoping for a tenure extension.
His tenure was generally lacklustre as the police were unable to stem the tide of insecurity in the country.
The #EndSARS riots also marred his tenure as IGP as it exposed a glaring absence of control over the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
He was forced to disband the deadly squad, which was blamed for the deaths of hundreds of Nigerian youths.
He was also embroiled in a power tussle with the Police Service Commission over the recruitment of 10,000 constables, a matter which ended up in court.
Though the suit ended in his favour, it created much had blood and a negative image for him.
The appointment of a new IGP is currently embroiled in a controversy over Buhari’s failure to summon a meeting of the Nigeria Police Council as required by the Police Act 2020 as amended.