- A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa has berated President Buhari for extending IGP Adamu's tenure
- Buhari announced the extension of Adamu's tenure by three months on Thursday, February 4
- Adegboruwa, however, said that the president's action was illegal and unconstitutional
Hours after President Muhammadu Buhari extended the tenure of Mohammed Adamu as the country's Inspector-General of Police (IGP) by three months, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa has reacted.
Vanguard reports that the lawyer said that the extension of the tenure of IGPAdamu by President Buhari is an unlawful act.
Legit.ng gathered that Adegboruwa said that the implication of Buhari’s action is that Nigeria presently does not have an Inspector General of Police.
“The federal republic of Nigeria presently has no IGP properly so recognized by law.”
Stating the position of the law on the issue, he stated that when the tenure of a serving IGP expires on the ground of completing the mandatory 35 years of service, he cannot be asked to continue in office beyond his mandatory tenure.
“When the tenure of a serving IGP expires on the ground of completing the mandatory 35 years of service, he cannot be asked to continue in office beyond his mandatory tenure."
"An IGP who has served the mandatory years of service ceases to be a member of the Nigeria Police Force from the date of his completion of service. In this case, Mr Adamu ceases to be a member of the NPF from February 2, 2021."
He stressed that the president lacks the power to reabsorb a retired police officer back into the NPF through a purported tenure extension, which, according to him, is not contemplated by law.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Buhari extended the tenure of the IGP Adamu.
It was reported that IGP Adamu was due for retirement on Monday, February 1, 2021. The news was broken on Thursday, February 4, by the minister of police affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, while briefing State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The minister added that the decision of the president to extend the IGP’s tenure was to give time for a proper selection of the new IGP.
Source: Legit Nigeria