Speculations are rife that Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Hafiz Ringim, has begun his pre-retirement leave and is to be replaced by an Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar.
The speculations reigned on social media and public discourse for much of Wednesday.
The speculations were fuelled by media reports that Ringim would proceed on pre-retirement leave from today or tomorrow.
Many bloggers on Facebook, BlackBerry Messenger and Twitter stated that Ringim was on his way out and that all the Deputy Inspectors-General of Police were packing their belongings from the Force Headquarters.
Some quoted Presidency sources as having confirmed that Ringim was advised by President Goodluck Jonathan to begin his terminal leave immediately.
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.
However, uncofirmed speculations said he would be succeeded by AIG Abubakar, who hails from Zamfara State in the North-West, in conformity with Federal Character.
Ringim hails from Ringim Local Government Area of Jigawa State in the North-West.
No official of government could be reached for comments on the speculations.
Police sources said an announcement might be made on Wednesday night on the choice of Ringim’s successor.