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Buhari Moves To Appoint Ex Police Boss, Musiliu As Chairman Of Police Commission

Alhaji Musiliu Adeola Kunbi Smith

President Muhammadu Buhari has made a move to make the former Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Musiliu Smith as the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

The President wrote to the Nigerian Senate, seeking for his confirmation of Musiliu to replace another former Inspector- General of Police, Sir Mike Okiro

Buhari also appointed five others as members of the PSC.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who read a letter from President Buhari today, Thursday for the upper chamber to confirm the new appointee, also said five other members of the PSC have  been forwarded for approval.

Okiro had been serving as Chairman of PSC since May 2013 when he was appointed by former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

Alhaji Musiliu Smith was born on April 17, 1946 and completed secondary education at Ansarud-deen College, Isolo, Lagos and attended the University of Lagos where he obtained a B.Sc in Sociology in 1970.

In 1972 Musiliu Smith joined the police force in Enugu as an Assistant Police Superintendent. He later served as an Instructor in the Police College Ikeja, and a Divisional Police Officer in Mubi in Adamawa State. From 1980 to 1982, he was in charge of the X-Squad at CID Alagbon Close,Ikoyi. He then moved to Ilorin where he served in various capacities, finally becoming Kwara State Police Command Administrative Officer. He was posted to Rivers State in 1987, taking charge of the Police College. In 1988, he was promoted Commissioner of Police and moved to Lagos where he took over control of the Criminal Intelligence Divisional Force. He returned to Kwara State and later Plateau State as Commissioner of Police. In 1996, Musiliu Smith was promoted to Assistant Inspector General of Police, placed in charge of Zonal Headquarters, Kano. He completed a master’s degree programme in Strategic Studies at the University of Ibadan in 1997. He was appointed a member of the Provisional Ruling Council in 1998.

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Musiliu Smith was appointed the Inspector General of Police of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on May 29, 1999. He succeeded Ibrahim Coomassie, who had held the post since 1993.

Smith followed instructions from President Olusegun Obasanjo in refusing to follow up on charges of certificate forgery laid againstLagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, saying the court could not compel the police to do the investigation.

On 1 February 2002, the Nigerian Union of Policeman called a partially successful strike. Smith was asked to retire by Olusegun Obasanjo in March 2002. He was replaced by Mustafa Adebayo Balogun.

As of 2006, Musiliu Smith was Chairman of the Skye Bank board of directors. In 2007, Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashole appointed Smith as head of the Lagos State Security council, a body charged with taking a holistic look at the anatomy of crime in the state