There’ll be constitutional crisis if IGP stayed beyond 12 midnight -Adegboruwa

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A Senior Advocate of , Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has warned that there will be a constitutional crisis the country if the Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Adamu, stayed office beyond 12 midnight of February 1, 2021.

an exclusive interview with The PUNCH, Adegboruwa explained that, by law, Adamu seizes be a of the from 12 midnight.

According him, the failure of the President, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), either extend the tenure of the or name a replacement has several legal consequences.

“By midnight of February 1, 2021, Mr. Adamu seizes to be a of the Nigerian police force. Having attained the mandatory year of service within the force. So, if he is no longer a of the NPF, he cannot be a leader of the force.

is going to be a constitutional crisis if he does not vacate office by the end of today. There will be a serious constitutional crisis if he remains office without extension or replacement by 12 midnight,” he said.

The PUNCH had reported that Adamu is expected to leave the office on Monday (today), having reached the mandatory retirement age, but the silence from the Presidency and failure of the council to meet are giving confusing signals.

Our correspondent had earlier reported moves by Adamu to secure tenure extension to enable him to complete the ongoing reforms in the police.

The silence from the Presidency and the inability of the police council to meet and appoint Adamu’s successor is strengthening rumours that the President may have approved additional months in office for him.

Buhari had granted the privilege to the immediate past Commandant-General of the and Civil Defence Corps, Muhammadu Gana, the service chiefs who overstayed in office by five years, and the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede.

The lawyer added, “His retirement from the force also dis-entitles him to claim the rank of . This is because you can only be the if you are a of the NPF. So, as long as there is no decision taken by the council in respect of likely extension of tenure, believe that as we speak , the man should be on his way of office.

don’t see how he can continue in office beyond one hour after midnight of today. If that happens, they will have several legal consequences. How does he preside other legitimate functions when he is no longer in service. Whatever action he becomes illegal in the eye of the law.”