NBA Appoints J-K Gadzama, SAN, As Lead Counsel In Suit Challenging IGP’s Tenure Elongation
After the press briefing on Thursday 4th February 2021 by the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi at the Presidential Villa, Abuja disclosing the extension of the Inspector General of Police tenure for three months, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) commissioned a legal team who filed an action in court to challenge the said extension. The NBA has now appointed Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN to lead the legal team in the action which is against the Police Service Commission and others at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja challenging the extension of the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar Adamu whose tenure expired on February 1, 2021, by attainment of 35 years of service by virtue of section 18(8) of the Police Act, 2020.
Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN pointed out that the extension of the tenure of the Inspector General of Police is an aberration of the Constitution and also an outright abuse of power as well as violation of the provision of section 215(1) of the Constitution; sections 7(3), 7(6) and 18(8) of the Police Act 2020. He further pointed out the need for organs of government regardless of who is concerned, to uphold the law as no one is above the law. He stated that the essence of the Nigerian Bar Association is also to serve as a watchdog to avoid desecration of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and other relevant laws.
Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN also appreciated the President of the NBA – Mr. Olumide Akpata for ensuring that the NBA doggedly stands up for the rule of law.
The matter is in Court presently and slated to come up before Hon. Justice A. R. Muhammed on 20th April 2021.