President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney-General of the Federation(AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami have argued that the President was empowered by the Constitution to retain Mohammed Adamu as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) as long as it suits him.
They declared that the President is allowed by the Constitution to extend the IGP’s tenure as he wishes.
Their position is contained in the joint response they filed to counter a suit instituted by a lawyer, Maxwell Opara, challenging, among others, the President’s decision to extend Adamu’s stay as the IGP for another three months from February 1, 2021 when he ordinarily out to retire.
The President and the AGF, in a counter-affidavit, argued that the Constitution conferred the President with executive power to “appoint serving police officer as the Inspector-General of Police in consultation with Police Council.”
They noted that neither the Nigeria Police Council (NPC) nor the Police Service Commission (PSC) has “disclosed any contrary fact that the second defendant (IGP Adamu) is not a serving police officer.”