- A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has sent a warning message to President Buhari over the appointment of the new IGP
- The IGP Mohammed Adamu is expected to retire from the service on Monday, February 1
- Adegboruwa, however, said that there would be a constitutional crisis if the president fails to name Adamu's successor
President Muhammadu Buhari has been warned not to cause a constitutional crisis in the country by allowing the outgoing Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu stay in office beyond the night of Monday, February 1.
The Punch reports that the warning was given by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa on Monday, February 1.
Legit.ng gathered that Adegboruwa in an exclusive interview with the newspaper, stated that by law, Adamu seizes to be a member of the Nigeria Police Force from 12 midnight.
He said that the president's failure to either extend the tenure of the IGP or name a replacement has several legal consequences.
“By midnight of February 1, 2021, Mr. Adamu seizes to be a member of the Nigerian Police Force. Having attained the mandatory year of service within the force. So, if he is no longer a member of the NPF, he cannot be a leader of the force.
“It is going to be a constitutional crisis if he does not vacate office by the end of today. There will be a serious constitutional crisis if he remains in office without extension or replacement by 12 midnight."
The senior advocate further stated:
“His retirement from the force also dis-entitles him to claim the rank of IGP. This is because you can only be the IGP if you are a member of the NPF. So, as long as there is no decision taken by the security council in respect of likely extension of tenure, I believe that as we speak now, the man should be on his way out of office.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the presidency reacted to agitations and calls from a section of the country for President Buhari to appoint the next Inspector-General of Police (IGP) from the southeast.
It was reported that in a conversation with journalists on Monday, February 1, Garba Shehu, a presidential media aide, revealed the calibre of person the president would choose to succeed Mohammad Adamu.