IGP: Buhari breaching constitution, rule of law says Lawyers

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Lawyers has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s dilly-dallying in appointing a new Inspector-General of Police and allowing incumbent Mohammed Adamu to remain in office constituted a breach of the constitution and the rule of law.

Adamu, who was due for retirement on Monday on attaining the statutory retirement age of 35 years in service, is staying tight in the absence of a clear directive from the Presidency.

Buhari, who returned from a four-day visit to his country home of Daura Tuesday evening, was received by Adamu and other top administration’s officials at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

In his reaction, Dayo Akinlaja (SAN) said the action was a breach of the new Police Act and the Nigerian Constitution which could be challenged in court.

“What’s being done is certainly indefensible under the constitution and the law of the land. That’s clear enough,” he said.

Another lawyer, Abdul Mohammed (SAN) said “It is alarming that in spite of the clear provisions of the law, the Inspector-General of Police who, presumably, is expected to enforce all the laws of the land, is the one flouting [them] by coming to office under the guise of awaiting the decision of the President who is said to be in Daura.

“Perhaps they want us to believe that the country cannot be run until the President is in Abuja otherwise this conduct is an exhibition of the disease of African leaders known as the ‘sit tight syndrome”.

Meanwhile there are strong indications that President Buhari has asked the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu to hand over.

He was expected to have handed over to the most senior officer at the close of work on Monday, but he did not, fueling the feeling that he might be granted an extension of service.

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A top source said: “The IGP has been asked by the President to handover.

“Adamu was waiting for the presidential directive. He would have left on Monday but it will be discourteous to have exited without a clear-cut directive from the President and Commander-In-Chief.

“He may likely handover to the most senior deputy inspector-general of Police.  I am aware Adamu was yesterday putting finishing touches to his handover note.”