Tenure extension: Court to hear suit seeking Adamu’s removal as IGP Feb 24 | Dailytrust

Tenure extension: Court to hear suit seeking Adamu’s removal as IGP Feb 24

IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu
IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu

Justice Ahmed Mohammed of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, will on February 24, 2021, hear the suit seeking the removal of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu from office.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Feb. 3 extended the tenure of Adamu as IGP.

The decision of the President elicited public outcry as some Nigerians condemned the decision, saying it was not in line with the Police Act.

A legal practitioner, Maxwell Okpara, approached the court praying for an order that the IGP should resign from office, having spent the mandatory 35 in service.

The plaintiff also prayed the court to restrain the IGP from exercising any form of command over the Nigeria Police Force.

President Mohammadu Buhari, Muhammed Adamu, the Attorney General of Federation and Nigeria Police Counsel were mentioned as the defendants in the matter.

According to the plaintiff, Adamu’s tenure elapsed on February 1, 2021, by the virtue of Nigeria Police Act.

He maintained that Adamu completed his tenure as IGP on February 1, 2021, after 35 years in service as required by the Nigeria Police Act.

In the originating summon in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/106/2021, the plaintiff wants the court to determine, whether by provisions of section 215, 216, and Section 7 of the Nigeria Police Act 2020, Adamu can continue to function as IGP after Feb 2, 2021.

The plaintiff also wants the court to determine, whether the ‘failure’ of the president and the Nigeria Police (1st and second defendants) to appoint another IG does not constitute an abdication of their duty.

In a ten-paragraph affidavit, he stated that; “though, Adamu is no longer a serving Police officer but has continued to function in that capacity.”

The plaintiff urged the court to determine if the continued stayed in office by Adamu has not breached the provisions of the constitution and Nigeria Police Act.

The plaintiff, therefore wants the court to declare illegal, null and void all action taken by Adamu from midnight of February 1, 2021. (NAN)

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