- The alleged move by the presidency to extend the tenure of the IGP has been kicked against by a lawyer in Kano, Barrister Ali Jamilu
- Jamilu said that extending the IGP Ibrahim Idris' tenure in office is contrary to the Nigerian constitution
- However, a professor of Bayero University in the state, Kamilu Sani Fagge, said that an extension of the IGP's tenure will be insignificant in the coming polls
Barrister Ali Jamilu, a legal practitioner in Kano state, on Tuesday, January 8, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to turn down calls for the extension of the tenure of the inspector general of police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, Punch reports.
Jamilu claimed that no law in Nigeria presently justifies any extension of the IGP's stay in office. He was reacting to rumours that the president was planning to heed to agitations for an extension of Idris' tenure, describing the move as contrary to the constitution.
”The Civil Service rules give these orders, whichever comes first, so even if he attains 35 years in service first, he is going to retire from service, even if he has not attained 60 years. If he attains 60 years before putting in 35 years in service, he has to retire.
"There is no place in the constitution, where the President derives such powers to extend the IGP’s tenure because as a public servant, he is being covered by the Public Service rules,” he said.
However, a Kamilu Sani Fagge, a professor of political science in Bayero University Kano, pointed out that an extension of the IG’s tenure would have no significant political implication in the forthcoming polls.
Fagge said: ”If somebody has the intention to use a Police officer to rig election, it would have been easier and better to get a new person and put him on probation, so that he or she has to prove himself for the next appointment.
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“I don’t think, extending the IG’s tenure will have any political implication. On the contrary, if a vacuum is created, we may likely have more problems than solving it!”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that there was anxiety in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) as the service term of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, ended on Thursday, January 3.
Niger state-born Idris, the nation’s 19th IGP, was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, on March 21, 2016, to replace Solomon Arase.
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