I can remain in office till 2023 or 2024, IGP Adamu declares

I can remain in office till 2023 or 2024, IGP Adamu declares

- IGP Adamu has declared that the law permits him to remain in office for more years

- The police boss disclosed this in court while responding to a suit filed against the tenure extension granted him by President Buhari

- Recall that Adamu attained the maximum 35 years in service on February 1

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Nigerians should be prepared to see more of the inspector-general of police, Mohammed Adamu, if his argument at the Federal High Court in Abuja is anything to go by.

According to the IGP in documents filed to counter a suit challenging the three-month extension granted him by President Muhammadu Buhari, the law permits him to remain in office till either 2023 or 2024.

Recall that Adamu attained the maximum 35 years in service on February 1, but got a three-month extension and in reaction, an Abuja-based lawyer, Maxwell Opara, filed a suit to challenge it.

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I can remain in office till 2023 or 2024, IGP Adamu declares
Mohammed Adamu has told the Federal High Court in Abuja that the law permits him to remain in office. Photo: PoliceNG
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Adamu argued through his lawyer, in objection to the suit, that his tenure never lapsed on February 1.

He said the new Nigeria Police Act gave him a four-year tenure which would only lapse in either 2023 or 2024, Premium Times reports.

He argued that his tenure will lapse in 2023 if counted from 2019 when he was appointed as the IGP, or 2024, if counted from 2020 when the new Nigeria Police Act came into force.

In another report, Adamu asked Igbo political, religious, and traditional leaders to caution the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its security outfit, Eastern Security Network, on their activities in the southeast region of Nigeria.

The IGP gave the counsel on Tuesday, March 2, in Awka when he spoke during the ongoing Anambra state security summit.

IGP Adamu who was represented by the deputy IGP in charge of finance and administration, Joseph Egbunike, advised the groups that freedom will not be achieved through violent means.

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In other news, Legit.ng reported that a senior officer with the Edo police command was kidnapped by gunmen who broke into his apartment in Benin, capital of the state.

The latest victim, identified as ASP Clement Amoko, was reportedly taken away in the presence of his wife and children.

Going further, the news outlet added that the kidnappers have already made contact with the family members to demand ransom.

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