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Suit Seeking IGP’s Removal Suffers Setback

Lucky Obewo-Isawode  
Updated March 16, 2021
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu speaks during a meeting with top police officers in Abuja on November 27, 2020.

 

The suit seeking the removal of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu from office has suffered a setback due to an irregular service of originating processes on the Nigerian Police Council who is listed as the fourth defendant in the matter.

At the resumed sitting, the plaintiff’s counsel, Ugochukwu Ezekiel informed the court that counsel to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation served a counter-affidavit on him in court, wherein they raised objection to the jurisdiction of the court to hear the matter.

The trial judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed however noticed that there was no legal representation for the Nigeria Police Council listed as the fourth defendant.

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Justice Mohammed while adjourning the suit to March 30 for a definite hearing explains that service of originating process is fundamental to any proceeding.

A legal practitioner, Maxwell Okpara had filed the suit following the decision of President Buhari to extend the tenure of IGP Adamu by three months after his retirement on February 1.

The Inspector-General of Police who was represented by Dr. Alex Izinyon and Alex Ejesieme, two senior advocates maintained their position that the plaintiff’s demand for an order of the court for Adamu to resign from office having spent the mandatory 35 years in service is misplaced.