The Nigerian Bar Association has sued President Muhammadu Buhari for extending the tenure of the Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Adamu by three months.
The Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi, explained that Buhari extended Adamu’s tenure “to allow for a robust and efficient process of appointing a new IG.”
However, in a suit No. FHC/L/CS/214/2021 at the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, the NBA queried the judicial justification for the extension.
The defendants include the President, the IGP and the Police Service Commission.
NBA President, Olumide Akpata described the extension as “unconstitutional”, adding that the NBA would not condone any form of lawlessness in the country.
The NBA lamented that the development would prompt citizens to negate the law since their leaders are examples of lawlessness.
He said, “The NBA’s position in the suit is that Mr Adamu ceases to be a member of the Nigeria Police Force when he attained the milestone of thirty-five years of service. Therefore, the President’s extension of Mr Adamu’s tenure by three months, in the NBA respectful view, is unconstitutional.
“In the grand scheme of things, the NBA is wary that the more government officials casually violate the law, the harder it will become to expect citizens to be compliant. Citizens take their cues from their leaders and public office holders who flout the laws of the country that they are meant to uphold will discover sooner or later that their examples will be followed by those that they purport to govern.”
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