The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s extension of the tenure of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and has dragged him to the Federal High Court, Lagos, seeking an order declaring the president’s action as unlawful while vacating Adamu from office.
Details of the court action was contained in Friday’s press release signed by the NBA president, Olumide Akpata.
Akpata said that the NBA was suing the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Police Service Commission, and Mr Mahammed Abubakar Adamu, over what he described as “unconstitutional” behavior.
He said that Adamu having retired from office on February 1, ceased to be the IGP.
As such, the application sought the following:
“A DECLARATION that the act of the first Defendant in purporting to extend the tenure of the 3 Defendant as the Inspector General of Police after his retirement from the service of the Nigeria Police Force is in contravention of the provisions of Section 215()(a) af the Constitution af the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended and therefore, null and void.
“A DECLARATION that the act of the 1st Defendant in purporting to extend the tenure of the 3rd Defendant as the Inspector General of Police after his retirement from the service of the Nigeria Police Force is in contravention of the provisions of Sections 713) E (6) and 18(8) of the Nigeria Police Act 2020 and therefore unlawful, null and void.
” A DECLARATION that the Defendant lacks the authority… and power to extend the tenure of the occupant/holder of the office of the Inspector General of Police…”
The NBA’s position was contrary to the view of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami SAN.
He had said that the president acted within the confines of the law.