- An Abuja court has ruled that President Buhari did not violate any law by extending the tenure of the former IGP, Muhammed Adamu, for three months
- The court rules that it is within the president's power to extend the tenure of the outgoing IGP pending the appointment of a successor
- Nevertheless, the presiding judge noted that the nation's laws are silent on whether the president could fully extend the tenure of a retired IGP or not
FCT, Abuja - A Federal High Court in Abuja has ruled that the president is empowered under Nigeria's laws to extend the tenure of a retiring Inspector General of Police (IGP) pending the completion of the process for appointing a successor.
The Nation reported that Justice Ahmed Mohammed gave the ruling on Friday, June 18, regarding a suit filed by a lawyer, Maxwell Okpara.
Okpara had challenged President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to extend the tenure of the immediate past IGP, Muhammed Adamu, for three months.
However, Justice Mohammed held that since the Constitution and the Police Act empower the President to appoint an IGP, by implication, he could extend the tenure of a retiring IGP before concluding the processes required to appoint a successor, The Cable also reported.
Legit.ng gathers that the judge observed the Constitution and the Police Act are silent on the issue of whether or not the President could extend the tenure of a retired IGP.
Buhari increases police salaries, benefits
Meanwhile, in his efforts to strengthen security architecture in the country, President Buhari said he has given directives for the upward review of police salaries and their benefits.
The Nigerian leader reportedly made the disclosure while delivering a speech on Thursday, June 10, during a one-day visit to Lagos state, Nigeria's economic nerve centre, where he inaugurated various projects, including the Lagos-Ibadan railway.
He said his government is currently recruiting 10,000 new police officers to reinforce personnel capacity across the country.