NBA heads to court over extension of Adamu’s tenure as IGP

•Says it is unconstitutional

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has approached a Federal High Court in Lagos with a suit seeking a judicial determination of the constitutionality of the extension of Mohammed Adamu’s tenure as the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) for three months by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Adamu’s tenure as IGP expired on February 1, 2021, having attained the compulsory retirement age of 35 years of service as a member of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

The Suit, numbered, FHC/L/CS/214/2021 has the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Police Service Commission, and the IGP, Mohammed Adamu as defendants.

The NBA’s decision to take the legal action, according to the President of the association, Dayo Akpata was underpinned by an urgent need, and a sacred duty, to reassert the supremacy of the rule of law in the face of growing impunity and the seeming reluctance of Law Officers in Government to give proper counsel.

The NBA’s position in the suit is that Adamu ceased to be a member of the Nigeria Police Force when he attained the milestone of 35 years of service, saying, “The President’s extension of Mr Adamu’s tenure by three months, in the NBA’s respectful view, is unconstitutional.”

IGP Adamu, NBA heads to court

Akpata said the NBA is wary that the more government officials casually violate the law, the harder it would become to expect citizens to be compliant.

The NBA boss said in a statement that, “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.

“The ubiquity of acts of impunity, especially by those in high public offices, portends an existential threat to the survival of this country and her hard-won democracy. The NBA, now more than ever, is firmly committed to changing this narrative”, he said.

As the outcome of the suit is awaited, the NBA said, it will continue to condemn and confront lawlessness in any form and from all quarters.

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