Okechukwu Nwanguma, Executive Director,Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre, RULAAC, has faulted the extension of rge tenure od Mohammed Adamu, the Police Inspector General.
Nwanguma said the action is unconstitutional.
According to him, President Buhari should learn to lead by example and not engage in any action that violates the constitution or other laws he’s sworn to defend. It is not good for our democracy for the President to violate the law or exercise powers not granted him by law.
The retirement date for IGP Adamu was known long before the day came when he attained 35 years in service. It didn’t come suddenly. The President ought to have convened the Police Council to discuss the appointment of a new IGP to take over from Adamu.
For the President to now turn around to claim that he needed time to go through the process of selecting a new IGP is preposterous. It’s a pretext to evade responsibility and it further underscores his contempt for public opinion, he said.
The public service rule is clear on the tenure of service of any public servant. The Police Act which the President signed in 2020 grants the IGP a one term tenure of four years. Neither of the laws grants the President the power to extend the tenure of a retired IGP. The President acted illegally and unconstitutionally. He must reverse himself.
The best he could have done under the circumstance was to direct the retired IGP Adamu to hand over to the most senior DIG pending when the Police Council would wake up from slumber and discharge its constitutional duties. And it’s not late for the President to reverse himself on this clear illegality.