The Nigerian President, Mohammad Buhari has been dragged to court by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) over tenure elongation for the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu.
Reports claim that NBA filed a suit before a Lagos High Court challenging President Buhari’s decision for extending Adamu’s tenure.
Meanwhile, Adamu had in February attained the retirement age after recording 35 years in service, but the president didn’t consider the provisions of the Nigerian constitution on retirement.
Currently, the public interest Litigation Committee of the NBA sought a court order asking Adamu to vacate office.
The lawyers argued that Adamu’s continuous stay in office is in contravention of the provisions of section 215(1)(a) of the constitution.
The NBA sought an order “setting aside the purported elongation of the tenure” of the IGP.
“An order directing the 3rd Defendant to vacate forthwith the office of the Inspector General of Police and refund all salaries, allowances and benefits received from February 1, 2021, (when he retired from the Police Force) to the coffers of the Federal Government of Nigeria”, the suit read.
NBA president, Olumide Akpata while commenting on the suit, said that the action was taken due to the body’s motto of promoting the rule of law.