Court asked to stop Muhammed Adamu from parading himself as Inspector General of Police

An Abuja based lawyer, Maxwell Okpara, has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to stop Mohammed Abubakar from parading himself as the Inspector General of Police, as his tenure has expired on February 1, 2021.

It was learnt that he also told the court to strip the IGP off his powers over the control of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

In the suit brought by his counsel, Ugochukwu Ezekiel Esq, the lawyer argues that by provisions of section 215, 216 and 7 of the Nigeria Police Act, 2020, Adamu cannot continue to function as IGP after February 1, 2021.

The lawyer sought, “A declaration that the failure of the 1st defendant (President Buhari) and 4th defendant (Nigeria Police Council) to appoint an Inspector General of Police as at the 1st day of February 2021 constitutes an abdication of their duties under Section 215 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Section 7 of the Nigeria Police Act 2020.”

The IGP’s tenure expired on February 1, 2021, after completing 35 years in office as a Police officer as required by the Nigeria Police Act.

Many Nigerians on social media have appealed to the President to replace him, as it is the law. However, the decision to replace him falls in the hand of President Mohammadu Buhari.

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