Nigeria Set To Collapse, As Buhari Moves To ‘Break’ The 1999 Constitution For IGP, Ibrahim Idris, Allegedly

By Post-Nigeria: January 12, 2019 12:25

Nigeria Set To Collapse, As Buhari Moves To ‘Break’ The 1999 Constitution For IGP, Ibrahim Idris, Allegedly

Emerging report indicates that the 1999 Nigerian Constitution as amended, does not have provision for the extension of the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP.

The third schedule of the Constitution dealing with the IGP’s appointment, states that the IGP will be appointed by the President, on the advice of the Nigeria Police Council, NPC.

The NPC, is comprised of the President, who is the Chairman; State Governors; Chairman of the Police Service Commission; and the Inspector-General of Police.

Findings indicate that the law guiding the appointment of the IGP is however, is silent on the retirement or extension of the occupant’s tenure by the President.

Nonetheless, a Lawyer and Executive Director, Citizens Advocacy for Social & Economic Rights, Frank TieTie, argued that President Muhammadu Buhari has no power to extend the tenure of the current IGP, Ibrahim Idris, who is expected to leave office on January 15, when he will attain 60 years of age.

The Activist argued that there is no reason to extend Idris’ tenure, stating that, there are many good Officers who can preside over the Force.

He added that, the argument that the IGP has substantially prepared for the forthcoming elections, is not tenable.

“The President does not have such powers (to extend IG’s tenure). The IG is appointed by the President, on the advice of the Nigeria Police Council.

“A responsible government will know three months to the retirement date of a substantive IG, that the NPC needs to recommend to the President the appointment of an IG, which eventually will be confirmed by the Senate.

“That not being done, is an indication that the President wants to allow the anomaly to go on. This anomaly is being allowed to fester, because it has not been challenged in court”, the activist said.

He observed that a lot of anomalies are being condoned by the Federal Government, noting that, many Chief Executives of Federal Departments and Agencies, are being illegally granted tenure extension.

“We have seen a lot of anomalies under this administration, in terms of extension of tenures of Chief Executives of Federal Parastatals. For example, the Comptroller-General of the Federal Fire Service, was given tenure extension, which I challenged.”

Another Lawyer, Sunny Anyanwu, noted that he is against the alleged plan to extend the IGP’s tenure, stressing that, the President has no power to do so.

He said: “The President has no constitutional power to extend the IG’s tenure; more so, that he has not done well. Idris should be allowed to retire honourably to his village.”

However, an Abuja Lawyer, Kayode Ajulo, disagreed, saying: “I do not want to talk much about the issue, since the IG has till January 15, to retire, but the President has the power to extend his tenure.”

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