The tenure of Mohammed Adamu as the country’s IGP has been extended by three months – Maigari Dingyadi, the minister of police affairs made this known on Thursday, February 4, in Abuja.
The minister said the extension would allow the selection of the right person to succeed Adamu. IGP Adamu was due for retirement on Monday, February 1, 2021.
Dingyadi added that the decision of the president to extend the IGP’s tenure was to give time for proper selection of the new IGP. Retirement: Uncertainty as lawyer asks court to stop IGP Adamu’s tenure
Meanwhile, it was previously reported that Maxwell Okpara, a lawyer based in Abuja, asked a Federal High Court to stop Adamu from functioning as Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police (IGP).
It was said that the lawyer also asked the court to restrain Adamu from exercising any form of command over officers of the Nigeria Police Force. Okpara who also joined President Muhammadu Buhari and others in the suit stated that Adamu’s tenure had elapsed on Monday, February 1, 2021, by virtue of the Police Act.
He argued that by provisions of section 215, 216 and 7 of the Nigeria Police Act, 2020, Adamu cannot continue to function as IG after February 1, 2021. The lawyer wants the court to declare that the failure of President Buhari and the Nigeria Police Council which was also joined in the suit to appoint a new IGP as at the first day of February 2021 constitutes an abdication of their duties.