By Damilola Adeyemo
ABUJA – The Nigerian Bar Association(NBA) has sued President Muhammadu Buhari over the extension of the Inspector General of Police Abubakar Adamu.
The NBA commenced the legal action at the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/214/2021.
The defendants in the suit include the President, the IGP, and the Police Service Commission.
NBA President, Olumide Akpata, said the extension was “unconstitutional”
“The NBA’s decision to take this extraordinary line of action is underpinned by an urgent need and a sacred duty to reassert the supremacy of the rule of law in the face of growing impunity and seeming reluctance of law officers in government to give proper counsel.
“The NBA’s position in the suit is that Mr. Adamu ceases to be a member of the Nigeria Police Force when he attained the milestone of thirty-five years of service. Therefore, the President’s extension of Mr. Adamu’s tenure by three months, in the NBA respectful view, is unconstitutional.
“In the grand scheme of things, the NBA is wary that the more government officials casually violate the law, the harder it will become to expect citizens to be compliant. Citizens take their cues from their leaders and public office holders who flout the laws of the country that they are meant to uphold will discover sooner or later that their examples will be followed by those that they purport to govern.
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