NBA sues Buhari over extension of IGP’s tenure

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has filed a suit challenging the elongation of Mohammed Adamu’s tenure as the Inspector-general of police (IGP).

This was made known in a statement released by NBA President, Olumide Akpata, who condemned the tenure extension of Adamu.

“The NBA’s position in the suit is that Mr Adamu ceased to be a member of the Nigeria Police Force when he attained the milestone of thirty-five years of service. Therefore, the President’s extension of Mr Adamu’s tenure by three months, in the NBA’s respectful view, is unconstitutional,” the statement said.

The argument is that the tenure extension is unconstitutional and a violation of the law provided in S. 215(1)(a) of the 1999 Constitution.

The suit, FHC/L/CS/214/2021, also seeks a perpetual injunction restraining the Buhari-led administration from breaching the same section of the constitution by extending the tenure of Mr. Adamu as the Inspector General of Police.

Mr. Adamu had reached the legally allowed time of 35 years in service and was expected to be replaced.

It can be recalled that President Buhari extended the tenure of the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu by three months.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi, announced this on Thursday afternoon, February 4.

According to Dingyadi, the extension was necessary so as to give time for the proper selection of a replacement.

The Inspector General of Police’s tenure expired on Monday, February 1, but is expected to serve additional three months until a successor is selected.

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