The Inspector-General of Police has spoken out on his official visit to London in a bid to debunk rumours of his high-powered visit to President Buhari in the UK.
In an official statement signed by Nigerian Police Force Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, on Thursday in Abuja, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Kputom Idris, has addressed rumours making rounds about his visit to the president over his true state of health.
The Police boss said he is in London on an official visit and not to ‘lead a high-powered police delegation to visit President Muhammadu Buhari.’
Recall that Buhari left the country last Thursday for a 10-day vacation in the UK, and unconfirmed reports cropped up at the weekend, in a section of the media that the President had passed on at the age of 74.
The presidency, however described the report as unfounded, saying Buhari was alive and enjoying his holiday.
While debunking claims that he led a delegation to visit the President in London, the IGP said he was on an official visit to London on the invitation of SO15, the London Metropolitan Police Service.
The statement reads: “Contrary to the compelling objectives of the planned visit, however, some sections of the Nigerian online and print media are disseminating invented and incorrect stories, and misrepresenting facts regarding the official visit of the IGP to the United Kingdom.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the IGP did not lead “a high powered delegation” to visit President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on vacation in London.
“The visit of IGP to London while the President is on vacation is merely coincidental.”
The IGP was reportedly accompanied by: DIG in charge Finance and Administration, Mr Shuiabu Gambo, Commissioner of Police in Charge Monitoring Unit, CP Umar Garba and other top ranking officers.