President Muhammadu Buhari and the Police Service Commission were dragged to court on Thursday by the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP.
The action was as a result of an alleged plot by the Buhari led Government to extend the tenure of the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, by six months.
The political parties took the decision on Thursday in Owerri, the Imo State capital. It was announced in a press conference.
Mr Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, National Spokesperson of the CUPP pointed out that the opposition parties were well informed that President Buhari wants the IGP to continue for the next six months after he is supposed to retire on January 15.
Ugochinyere said that the legal action was instituted at the Federal High Court Abuja. And he further points accusing fingers on some high-ranking APC members like Comrade Adams Oshiomhole; the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje; Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State; the Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi and Senator Godswill Akpabio for formulating the plan.
The group’s statement was: “The IGP, who was born on January 15, 1959, and who by January 2019 will turn 60 and consequently ceases to be a police officer can’t be reappointed as IGP in violation of the constitutional provision which clearly stipulates that only serving police officers are to be appointed.
“It is based on this that the suit is seeking a court declaration that IGP Idris is not eligible to remain in office after January 15, 2019, having attained the retirement age of 60.
“Also, for an order restraining President Muhammadu Buhari from reappointing or extending the tenure of the IGP beyond January 15, 2019.
“The issue of the retirement of the IGP is yet another integrity test for the president. By the provisions of Section 215(1)(a)of the 1999 constitution, the IGP can only be appointed from among serving officers.
“Any attempt to proceed with the plan for the secret extension of the tenure of the IGP will be unconstitutional, unlawful and unacceptable and will further heat up the polity. It will also further expose the President’s desperation to win the elections by foul means.
“Credible intelligence at the disposal of the opposition has shown that the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, the governors of Kano and Kaduna States, the Minister of Transport and Minister Lai Muhammad and Senator Godswill Akpabio among many others are the chief proponents of this unconstitutional act and we advise them to apply restraint and desist from any further actions with potential to plunge Nigeria into crisis.”