The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has sued President Muhammadu Buhari for prolonging the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, who has attained the maximum 35 years of service on February 1.
The president has on February 4 announced the elongation of the tenure of Mr Adamu as the IGP by three months.
The NBA argued through its suit filed at the Federal High Court, Lagos, that the tenure extension was “outside and in excess of the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
It maintained that the Nigerian Constitution and the Police Act, which was signed into law by Mr Buhari last year, prevents a retired police officer from holding the office of the IGP.
The need to prevent abuse of power necessitated the filing of this action by the Nigerian Bar Association, whose main objective is to promote the rule of law,” Charles Mekwunye, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who leads the NBA’s legal team, argued in the suit.