NBA fault IGP’s tenure extension, sues President Buhari

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The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has faulted the extension of the tenure of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu and has dragged President Muhammadu Buhari before the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court over his decision.

In the suit marked as FHC/L/CS/214/2021, the NBA is seeking judicial determination on whether the President has constitutional powers to extend by three months, the tenure of the IGP who had on February 1, 2021 attained 35 years of service as a member of the Nigeria Police Force.

Joined in the suit as co-defendants are the Police Service Commission (2nd defendant) and IGP Mohammed Abubakar (3rd defendant).

The NBA is seeking amongst other things, a declaration that the act of the President purporting to extend the tenure of the IGP after his retirement from the service of the Nigerian Police Force is in contravention of the provisions of Section of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended and therefore illegal and void.

“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,” NBA president Olumide Akpata said in a statement.

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“Therefore, the President’s extension of Mr. Adamu’s tenure by three months, in the NBA’s respectful view, is unconstitutional.”

“The NBA’s decision to take this extraordinary line of action is underpinned by an urgent need, and a sacred duty, to reassert the supremacy of the rule of law in the face of growing impunity and the seeming reluctance of Law Officers in Government to give proper counsel,” NBA said.

“In the grand scheme of things, the NBA is wary that the more government officials casually violate the law, the harder it would become to expect citizens to be compliant.”