The Inspector-General of Police, (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has faulted the argument that his retention in office was unlawful having attained the maximum 35 years in service on February 1.
His position is contained in the counter-affidavit and notice of objection he filed against a suit by a lawyer, Maxwell Opara, before the Federal High Court in Abuja, challenging Adamu’s continued stay in office beyond February 1, 2021.
Adamu argued that the new Nigeria Police Act gave him a four-year tenure which would only lapse in either 2023 or 2024. He insisted that his tenure will lapse in 2023 if counted from 2019 when he was appointed as the IGP, or 2024, if counted from 2020 when the new Nigeria Police Act came into force.
In the documents filed by his lawyer, Alex Iziyon (SAN), Adamu contended that the office of the IGP is not governed by the general provisions applicable to the rest of the Police Force. The IG stated that, from the various provisions of the law, it was “discernible” that “the office of the Inspector-General of Police is conferred with a special status, unique and distinct from other officers of the Nigeria Police Force”.
Adamu argued that the IG, upon appointment, “is only accountable to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Nigeria Police Council and this fact we submit makes his office a quasi-political office with a tenure of four (4) years pursuant to Section 7(6) of the Nigeria Police Act, 2020”.
Recall also that in a bid to restate the position of the law, an Abuja-based legal practitioner, Maxwell Opara, had challenged the actions of General Buhari, alleging amongst others that the supposed tenure extension was in fact a misnomer and alien to known statutory provisions.