NBA DRAGS PRESIDENT BUHARI TO FEDERAL HIGH COURT IN LAGOS OVER HIS DECISION TO EXTEND THE TENURE OF THE IGP, MUHAMMADU ABUBAKAR
Written by miebaka ikiriko on February 13, 2021
The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA has dragged President Muhammadu Buhari to a Federal High Court in Lagos over his decision to extend the tenure of the Inspector General of Police, Muhammadu Abubakar.
In the suit, the NBA is seeking judicial determination on whether the President has the constitutional powers to extend the tenure of the IGP by three months who had on February one, 2021 attained the statutory thirty-five years of service.
The NBA is seeking among other things, a declaration that the act of the President purporting to extend the tenure of the IGP after his retirement from service is in contravention of the provisions of a section of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended and therefore illegal and void.
Speaking why NBA decided to sue the President, the President of the Association, Olumide Akpata said NAB’s decision to take this extra ordinary line of action was 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 the seeming reluctance of law officers in government to give proper counsel.