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NBA institutes legal action against Buhari, challenging the extension of tenure of IGP.

The Nigerian Bar Association through the NBA Public Interest Litigation Committee (NBA-PILC), has instituted a suit at the Federal High Court challenging the tenure elongation of the Nigerian inspector general of police Mr. Mohammed Adamu, whose tenure expired on the 1st day of February 2021 and was further extended by 3 months by president Mohammed Buhari.

The leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association said that they have looked at the said tenure extension and they are of the considered opinion that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, does not have the powers to extend the tenure of the Inspector General of Police and that such extension is unconstitutional. This was released in a statement written by the NBA President Mr. Olumide Akpata who said:

"In fidelity to the motto of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) which is Promoting the Rule of Law on Thursday, 11 February 2021, the NBA-Public Interest Litigation Committee (NBA-PILC). on behalf of the NBA, commenced legal action at the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court in Suit No. FHC/L/cs/214/2021 (the "Suit) against the President Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Police Service Commission, and Mr. Mohammed Abubakar Adamu. In the Suit, the NBA seeks judicial determination of the constitutionality of the President's
extension of Mr. Adamu's tenure as the Inspector-General of Police for three months after Mr
Adamu had, on 1 February 2021, attained thirty-five years of service as a member of the Nigeria Police Force." 

He went to say that the NBA's position in the Suit is that "Mr. Adamu ceased to be a member of the Nigeria Police Force when he attained the milestone of thirty-five years of service. Therefore, the President's extension of Mr. Adamu's tenure by three months, in the NBA's respectful view, is unconstitutional In the grand scheme of things, the NBA is wary that the more government officials casually violate the law, the harder it would become to expect citizens to be compliant. Citizens take their cues from their leaders and public office holders who flout the laws of the country that they are meant to uphold will discover sooner or later that their examples will be followed by those that they purport to govern." 

He also said that the ubiquity of acts of impunity, especially by those in high public offices, portends an existential threat to the survival of this country and her hard-won democracy. The NBA, now more than ever, is firmly committed to changing this narrative.
As the outcome of the Suit is awaited, the NBA will continue to condemn and confront lawlessness in any form and from all quarters.