The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu tenure has been extended to three months by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Why did Buhari extend the tenure of IGP Adamu?
According to Maigari Dingyadi, the Minister of Police Affairs the decision of the President to extend the IGP’s tenure for another three months was to give time for proper selection of the new head.
Is it constitutional for Buhari to extends IGP Adamu’s tenure?
No, the Police Act 2020, Section 7 (6) fixes a single term of four years without an option of extension of tenure for the holder of the office of the Inspector-General of Police.
“A person appointed to the office of the Inspector-General of Police shall hold office for four years,” Section 7 stated.
“Every police officer shall, on recruitment or appointment, serve in the police force for 35 years or until he attains the age of 60 years, whichever is earlier,” Section 18 (8) added.