A human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa SAN has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to extend the tenure of Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu by three months.
Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi announced the tenure extension on Thursday while addressing State House correspondents.
According to the minister, the tenure extension became necessary to allow for the proper selection of a successor.
Reacting in a Facebook post, Adegboruwa described the president’s action as “illegal and unconstitutional”.
Quoting the constitution and other enabling laws, the senior lawyer wrote:
The purported extension of the expired tenure of Mr Adamu as Inspector-General of Police is illegal and unconstitutional Section 215 (1)(a) of 1999 Constitution:
“There shall be an Inspector-General of Police who, subject to section 216(2) of this Constitution shall be appointed by the President on the advice of the Nigeria Police Council from among serving members of the Nigeria Police Force.”
Section 216(2): “Before making any appointment to the office of the Inspector-General of Police or removing him from office, the President shall consult the Nigeria Police Council.”
Paragraph 27 of Third Schedule to the 1999 Constitution: “27. The Nigeria Police Council shall comprise the following members:
(A) the President who shall be the Chairman;
(B) the Governor of each State of the Federation;
(C) the Chairman of the Police Service Commission; and
(D) the Inspector-General of Police.”