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Extension of IGP Baba’s term Wrong – Huriwa to Bukhara

The Nigerian Human Rights Writers Association, Horewa, on Monday criticized President Muhammadu Buhari for extending the mandate of Inspector General of Police Usman Baba for four years after he was due to retire on March 1, 2023, at the age of 60. .

The national coordinator of Herewa Gazette, Emmanuel Onubiko, said in a statement that the extension of the term of office of the IGP from Gedam, Yobe State, confirms the president’s nepotism tendencies and religious sentiments in all his appointments to public office.

The group alleged that Buhari would not have extended the IGB’s term if he had been a Southern Christian, warning of the ramifications of setting this kind of precedent and violations of state laws hiding under ambiguous reasons.

Freedom also said the president did something similar in the case of his appointment of Dauda Ali Bio as acting Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps last year. Born in 1964 in Zaria, Kaduna State but hailing from Hawally Local Government Area, Borno State, Bio joined FRSC in 1988.

Amid overwhelming calls for his retirement from the mandatory age of 60 on March 1, 2023, as per Federal Civil Service rules, the Minister for Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi, announced last week that the IGP will not retire midway to the general elections, as had been expected earlier, as it has already been His term was extended by Bukhari.

The minister explained that the Police Act of 2020 had changed the rules for the IGP, explaining that Baba’s term of office is four years.

In response, HURIWA’s Onwubiko said: “President Muhammadu Buhari has illegally confirmed that FRSC Corp Marshall is 59 and will retire next year, but since he is a northern Muslim from Borno state, the president has breached the civil service law on retirement and given him a fixed appointment.” Until now.After his retirement period.

Like the IGP who should have retired in March this year but the Minister for Police Affairs has distorted the interpretation of the law by claiming that the IGP will not go when he is about to retire even when the Police Act is not an amendment to the Constitution provision which says that the IGP must be appointed from the force The police and civil service rule states that the IGP will retire on reaching the age of 60.

Hureywa said the current commander-in-chief, Othman Qalali Baba, should retire in March after reaching 60 years old, insisting that it was wrong to use the excuse of the upcoming elections to mock the force.

According to HURIWA, the extension of his term means that the Nigerian Police Force cannot function well without Alkali Baba as IG.

“This is a nonsensical argument because thousands of better qualified, fitter, better educated, more competent men are in the police waiting to take over, to give the country a more efficient national police force,” the group said.

The rights group said this also confirmed allegations of nepotism, religious intolerance and tribalism because the two people are from Yobe and Borno and are Muslims.

The President must know that he cannot, by order or letter of appointment, amend the Constitution of Nigeria. Article 215(1)(a) of the 1999 Constitution states that appointment shall be made “from among the serving members of the Nigerian Police Force.”

Extension of IGP Baba’s term Wrong – Huriwa to Bukhara

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