An Ogun State-based legal practitioner, Habee Wale Ajayi has described the extension of the tenure of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu as violation of the constitution and other laws of the land by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ajayi, a former member of the state House of Assembly, spoke during a television programme
His words: ”The extension is a violation of the extant law. It is a violation of the rules of the civil service. We all know that the retirement age in Nigeria is put at 35 or in service for 60 years of age.
‘’The Nigeria Police Act 2020 says you can only appoint someone either in the acting or otherwise for the position of the Inspector General of Police if that particular officer remains a police officer.
‘’But for Mr. Adamu who by age has retired by First of February, that extension to me is a violation of the law of the land. If that extension has been given to Adamu, a few days before he retired, one would have said he remains a police officer.
‘’To me such an action would reduce the morale of the serving police officer, Is this president saying that we could not get a more competent police officer in Nigeria except Adamu. This is something that we should all condemn.
‘’The President has the ample opportunity to look for officers who are capable of running the position and use one of them either in an acting capacity or substantive position. .
‘’The president should give opportunity to other vibrant young officers, who are looking for career progression in Nigeria. The president’s action amounts to deprivation of other officers the opportunity of attaining the highest position of their chosen career.
‘’With due respect to Mr. Adamu, there is nothing spectacular, honestly speaking about the tenure of Mr. Adamu to warrant this extension. There are other fine gentlemen in the Police that are doing better than him and should be given the opportunity.
‘As long as Mr Adamu is no longer a serving police officer in Nigeria, that appointment cannot hold, it is unconstitutional and illegal as the law of the land is very clear on how to appoint an inspector general of police’.he concluded.