The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has challenged the action of President Muhammadu Buhari by extending the tenure of Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu by three months.
NBA filed a suit before a Lagos High Court over Buhari’s decision to extend Adamu’s tenure.
Adamu had in February attained the retirement age after recording 35 years in service, but the president appeared not to have considered the provisions of the Nigerian constitution on retirement.
However, the Public Interest Litigation Committee of the NBA sought a court order asking Adamu to vacate office.
Olumide Akpata, NBA president, said the action was taken due to the body’s motto of promoting the rule of law.
The lawyers argued that Adamu’s continuous stay in office is in contravention of the provisions of section 215 (1) (a) of the constitution.
The NBA sought an order “setting aside the purported elongation of the tenure” of the IGP.
“An order directing the 3rd Defendant to vacate forthwith the office of the Inspector General of Police and refund all salaries, allowances and benefits received from February 1, 2021, (when he retired from the Police Force) to the coffers of the Federal Government of Nigeria”, the lawyers requested.