JUST IN: President’s power to extend IGP ’s tenure upheld

The President’s ability to extend the tenure of a retiring Inspector General of Police (IGP) awaiting the completion of the process for the nomination of a substantive replacement has been confirmed by a Federal High Court in Abuja.


This was stated by Justice Ahmed Mohammed in a ruling issued on Friday in a case brought by a lawyer, Maxwell Okpara, who was challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to prolong the tenure of the immediate past Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar Adamu, for another three months.

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Because the Constitution and the Police Act empower the President to appoint an IGP, Justice Mohammed reasoned that a departing IGP’s tenure might be extended before the required consultation with the Police Council and other steps for the appointment of a substantive replacement were completed.

The judgment pointed out that neither the Constitution nor the Police Act addresses whether the President can prolong the tenure of a retired IGP.

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