Tenure Elongation; Groups intensify lobbying as ex – IGP supports Adamu’s tenure extension by PMB

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, added another 3 months to the tenure of Mohammed Adamu as Inspector General of Police, a decision that has been greeted by mixed reaction from Nigerians.

CRIMECHANNELS learnt that several groups and influential persons have commenced the lobby for the position once IGP extended tenure comes to an abrupt end in the first week of May, 2021.

Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi, briefing State House Correspondents on Thursday, at the Presidential villa, Abuja said, “Mr President has decided that Adamu will continue to serve as the IGP for the next three months, to allow for a robust and efficient process of appointing a new one.”

“This is not unconnected to the desire of Mr. President to, not only have a smooth handover, but to also ensure the right officer is appointed into that position. Mr. President is extending by three months to allow him get into the process of allowing a new one.”

But in a reaction by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday, the extension of Adamu’s tenure shows that President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) disregard the law.

Speaking with journalist, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said, “Buhari and the APC have no respect for the 1999 Constitution. A party and a government that have no respect for its own rules, that has no respect for its own constitution that it promised to obey, how can you expect them to respect the 1999 Constitution?, they cannot.”

“They are not used to obeying laws. They are laws unto themselves, ” Ologbondiyan said.

Meanwhile, Former Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro, stating what he thought about the 3 months extension said, “It is the prerogative of the President. It is a decision taken in the right direction.

But when asked if he was worried about the security situation, Okiro said, “Of course, I am worried. I am a Nigerian and I live in Nigeria. So, I am worried.”

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