IGP’s Tenure Extension: Mr President’s Action Is Illegal, Unconstitutional – Ozekhome

Mike Ozekhome


Human Rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, has faulted the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu.

Speaking on Channels Television Breakfast Programme, Sunrise Daily, Ozekhome said the President’s action is illegal, unconstitutional, and even ‘immoral.’

“Mr President cannot even single-handedly appoint an Inspector General of Police as we have been seeing it. He must do so in full consultation and at a meeting with the Nigeria Police Council.

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“What we have been seeing is actually a situation of arbitrariness when Mr. President will single-handedly appoint an IGP. He can also not remove or dismiss an IGP without going through the Nigeria Police Council.

“Mr President’s action is patently, glaringly, illegal and unconstitutional. Even to me, it is immoral. The reason why I used the word ‘immoral’ is because you are denying other members of the Nigeria Police Force who are also aspiring to go up to become Inspector General,” Ozekhome said.

Speaking further on the constitutional interpretation of the elongation of the IGP’s tenure, the human rights lawyer says as far as the constitution is concerned, Nigeria currently does not have an IGP.

“In the eye of the law, we do not have an Inspector General of Police because the last one has retired by the fruition of time, statutorily and constitutionally.

“So Mr President cannot by an administrative fiat recreate the law or remake the law. The only organ that can make the law is the National Assembly.

“The President was wrong to extend the tenure of Mr Ibrahim, who was supposed to retire as of the 1st of February 2021, after spending 35 years in service,” Ozekhome added.

He further quoted the Nigerian constitution which states the standard tenure of the IGP is expected to last for four years.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi had earlier on Thursday announced that the Inspector-General of Police will continue his duty as the nation’s police chief despite the completion of his tenure.

According to him, this is the position of the Federal Government after President Muhammadu Buhari approved the extension of the tenure of the police boss by three months.

He explained that the decision to extend the tenure of the police chief was to give the Federal Government ample time to select the appropriate person to succeed him.

Ese Oruru: Hearing Of Abduction Case Shifted Till Dec. 8

Ese Oruru, AbductionThe hearing of the case of 14-year-old, Ese Oruru, allegedly abducted from Bayelsa state has been shifted to December 8, 2016.

The postponement follows the absence of the presiding judge of the Federal High Court in Yenagoa, the state capital, on Monday.

Although both the prosecuting counsel and the defense team were present in the court for continuation of the hearing, no reason was given by the court officials on the absence of the judge.

The accused, Dairu Yinusa who is currently on bail was also present in court and his lawyer, Mr Kayode Olaosebikan, told journalists that he is eager to have the case concluded.

Meanwhile, the parents of Ese Oruru who were also present in court expressed concern over the outcome of the case, as well as the education and living conditions of their daughter and her baby, owing to their inability to adequately cater for their needs.

Dairu is accused of conspiring to abduct Ese to Kano and is facing a five-count charge of criminal abduction, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge of a minor.

He pleaded not guilty to all. A lawyer in the defense counsel’s team said they believed it was ‘a typical case of Romeo and Juliet’ and that they do not believe that Ese was 13 years old.

Charges against Yunusa were filed after Miss Oruru was handed over to her parents after six months of her alleged abduction.

He was granted bail of three million Naira and two sureties of like sum who were asked to present three years tax clearance receipts.


Police Boss Seeks More Collaboration With Nigerians

Ibrahim Idris, Police, CriminalsThe Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibarahim Idris, has reiterated the need for Nigerians to support security agencies, as they vehemently pursue their responsibility of tackling all crimes.

He said that the police would achieve more with the right approach, equipment and collaborative efforts of Nigerians.

Mr Idris gave the assurance on Thursday in Minna while inaugurating the Niger State ‘Eminent People’s Forum’ (EPF), as directed to all the 36 Commissioners of Police in the country.

He said that the forum would foster partnership with the Police in crime prevention and control.

It will also help in ensuring that there is peace and security in the various communities, the police boss stressed.

According to him, the forum would help to bridge the gap between the public and the police in Nigeria.

Represented by the Assistant Inspector General AIG, Zone 7, Alikali Usman, who stated that the NPF would be guided by international core values of policing with integrity, and compliance with the principles of democratic policing and rule of law.

He noted that the present AG inherited a daunting task of restoring civil authority to the northeast, cattle rustling in the north-central, kidnapping among others in the south-south and south-east, which are also facing the problems of economic sabotage (militancy) and kidnapping which are, according to him , surmountable.

The Niger State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, also said that the inauguration was in compliance with the IG’s directive so as to partner with the eminent people in the communities to ensure security of lives and property in the state.

Mr Muazu disclosed that the partnership would go a long way in enhancing the safety of people and sustaining peace in Nigeria.

He urged every criminals in the state to leave or face arrest and prosecution.

The Commissioner of Police has established a Joint Operation Centre at the State Police Headquarters, comprising all uniform security outfits to have a synergy in operations for better results during their operation, hence it will go a long way for smooth operations as resources would be pulled together.

The Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, who was represented by his Special Adviser, General Imam Ibrahim, urged residents of different communities to immediately report strange movements to security agencies in their areas.

At the event attended by eminent people in Niger State which includes traditional rulers, retired security men, community leaders and politicians the need for better welfare packages, adequate funding and insurance cover for the police officers was emphasised.

PSC Promotes 1,670 Police Officers, Appoints 147

Police Service CommissionThe Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the promotion of 1,670 senior officers of the Nigeria Police Force to their next rank.

In an approval conveyed to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, the Commission also approved the appointment of 147 others to different ranks.

A Commissioner of Police was elevated to the rank of AIG, 10 Assistant Commissioners to Deputy Commissioners, five CSPs to ACP and six SP to CSP.

They also elevated four DSPs to the rank of SP while 1,540 Inspectors were promoted to ASP.

The acting appointments are three DCPs, five ACPs, four CSPs, three SPs, five DSPs and 127 ASP.

The Commission noted that the approvals and acting appointments take immediate effect.

The Chairman of the PSC, who is a retired Inspector General of Police, Sir Mike Okiro, wished the affected the best in their new ranks and urged them to reciprocate the Commission’s good gesture by rededicating themselves to the service of the nation.

He promised that the Commission would continue to ensure that deserving Police officials are promoted as and when due, to serve as motivation for effective and efficient service.

Police Hold Crucial Meeting With Security Stakeholders In Delta

Solomon Arase Police BossThe police in a meeting with security stakeholders in Delta State, south-south Nigeria, said it would partner with the civil society and other security stakeholders to checkmate crime.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, gave the indication for the partnership on Wednesday during an interactive session with members of the PPRC, vigilante groups, traders and other stakeholders in Delta State.

He appreciated the efforts of the different security bodies in fighting crime, where they expressed themselves on some of the challenges faced while trying to carry out the onerous task of crime prevention.

Addressing the men of the Delta State Police Command, the Mr Arase commended his men for their hard work and dedication in carrying out their duties, stressing the importance of community policing.

On the clashes between cattle herdsmen and farmers in various communities in Delta State, he said that caution must be applied to avoid making mistakes.

Ese Oruru’s Alleged Abduction: Court Grants Yinusa Dahiru Bail

Ese OruruJustice Ajiya Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court, Yenagoa has granted Yunusa Dahiru a.k.a Yellow, bail with stringent conditions over his arraignment for a five-count charge bordering on abduction, illicit affair and rape of 14-year-old Ese Oruru.

Yinusa Dahiru was granted bail of three million Naira and two sureties of like sum who must present three years tax clearance receipts to be verified by the court registrar.

Also, the two sureties who must be within the jurisdiction of the court, must be a title holder and a civil servant of Grade 12 above.

Counsel to Yinusa, Kayode Olaosebikan in his written address brought the application for bail in pursuant of sections 158 and 162 of the administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 Section 36 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

While speaking, he argued that it is a settled principle of criminal jurisprudence that granting bail is at the discretion of the court which shall exercise such powers judicially and judiciously.

He gave the assurance that the accused in line with the affidavit deposed to support the bail application would be present to stand trial.

The prosecution counsel, James Anata, in a 10-paragraph counter affidavit stated that it was difficult to arrest the defendant and bring him to court because he was protected by the Islamic Council, adding that granting Yinusa bail would enable him to escape and abscond from trial.

In his ruling, Justice Nganjiwa relying on Sections 158 and 162 of the administration of criminal justice noted that he has taken into consideration the argument of the two counsels and without hesitation wants to grant the accused bail in line with the powers of the court.

“In consideration of the application, what is taken into consideration is that the offence is bail-able and that the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty. I am aware that the offence he is accused of is serious but that does not foreclose bail.

“That the accused might jump bail, it is incumbent on the court to impose conditions that would make the accused appear for trial. I hereby grant bail with three million Naira and two sureties of like sum residing in the jurisdiction of the court. One must be a title holder while the second surety must be a civil servant not less that Grade 12.

“The accused must not travel out of the country without the knowledge of the court. He is also to deposit his international passport in the court.  The court registrar must verify the claims of the sureties.”

He also added that the defence counsel must also sign an undertaking on the appearance of the accused for trial.

Justice Nganjiwa adjourned the case to April 19 for hearing on the application of the prosecution counsel to hear Ese Oruru’s evidence on camera.

Ese Oruru’s Suspected Abductor, Yinusa Arraigned

eseYinusa Dahiru, who is alleged to have abducted Ese Oruru has been arraigned at the Federal High Court in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

The suspect was arraigned before Justice Nganjiwa and accused of conspiring to commit abduction.

The suspect had five-count charges read out against him and he pleaded not guilty to all.

The prime suspect in the Ese Oruru abduction saga has been in the custody of the Police in Yenagoa since his arrest in Kano.

There were reports that he already gave his statement to the Bayelsa State Police Command and divulged those who were aware of his plans to abduct Ese Oruru.

The Commissioner of Police, Peter Ogunyanwo, told Channels TV correspondent that another accomplice to the crime is still at large but the Police has the names and other data of persons that would likely be invited for interrogation as the investigation progresses.

Ese Oruru’s Alleged Abductor Yet To Be Arraigned

ese oruruFive days after Ese Oruru was safely reunited with her family in Yenagoa, she is yet to go to her family house.

The Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, who spoke with Channels TV correspondent, explained that with the consent of her parents, Ese would continue to call the Bayelsa State Police Officers Mess, home, as long as the case is still under investigation to ensure her continued safety.

Yinusa, the prime suspect in the Ese Oruru abduction saga is now in the custody of the Police in Yenagoa.

Yinusa, who is yet to be arraigned in court has already given his statement to the Bayelsa State Police Command and reportedly divulged those who were aware of his plans to abduct Ese Oruru.

The Commissioner of Police, Peter Ogunyanwo, while speaking with our correspondent, disclosed that another accomplice to the crime is still at large but the Police has the names and other data of persons that would likely be invited for interrogation as the investigation progresses.

Aside the Police who have taken up the responsibility of catering for the needs of Ese for the period of the investigation, other plans to rehabilitate Ese is still sketchy. The government of Delta State which is her state of origin is yet to disclose any plans for her rehabilitation.

To forestall a reoccurrence of abduction of minors in the society, the Police Commissioner advised parents and guardians to pay close attention to their children and wards.

He also advised the general public to not mix crime and other offences with religion as they are worlds apart.

Ese Oruru Meets With Governor Dickson

eseBayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has met with 14-year-old Ese Oruru, who was freed from her abductors.

Ese met with the Governor on Thursday.

Her meeting with the Governor, which lasted for about 30 minutes, was held behind closed doors as journalists were banned from covering.

In a chat with newsmen after the meeting, the Governor promised to rehabilitate Ese. He also said that state authorities would prosecute all those who are involved in the alleged abduction.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had also called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, to ensure that all those involved in the abduction are prosecuted in accordance with the law.

Ese arrived Bayelsa State in company of her mother, Mrs Rose Oruru and some Police officers from Abuja on Wednesday.

She was allegedly abducted in August 2015 by one Yunusa Dahiru, also known as Yellow, and taken to Kano where she was also allegedly married off.


Police Service Commission To Sanction Officers Culpable In Ese’s Abduction

PoliceThe Police Service Commission has vowed to prosecute any Police personnel found culpable in the abduction of Ese Oruru.

The Commission made the declaration in a statement on Thursday while reacting to the abduction saga of 14-year-old Ese who was said to have been abducted and forced into marriage in Kano State, northwest Nigeria.

“The Commission is waiting on the ongoing investigation of some Police officers on the directive of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, and will ensure that any Police officer who is found to have compromised himself either by omission or commission in the saga will be flushed out,” the statement read.

The Commission also commended the Inspector General of Police for his swift action in rescuing the teenager and ensuring that she was immediately reunited with her family.

It added that it would work with the IGP to see that Nigerians, including the likes of Ese were guaranteed their freedom to life.

“The Police Service Commission is constitutionally mandated to exercise disciplinary action against members of the Police among other responsibilities and has the right to dismiss any officer found culpable in the ongoing abduction saga,” it maintained.

The ordeal of Ese started on August 12, 2015 in Yenagoa of Bayelsa State, when Yinusa a known customer of Ese’s mother, Mrs Rose Oruru, took her away from Bayelsa to Kano on the purported excuse that she had converted to Islam.

Yunusa was a Keke [tricycle] rider in Yenogoa, who sold all his belongings before he eloped with the girl.

Ese’s parents have travelled to Kano State on several occasions in the past six months with officers of the Nigeria Police Force to secure her release without positive result.

She had been released to the Nigeria Police Force subsequent to the directive of IGP Arase that Ese be reunited with her family.

Ese subsequently arrived Bayelsa State from Abuja, in company of her mother, Mrs Rose Oruru, and some Police officers on Wednesday.

Confirming the arrest of the alleged abductor of the teenager, Yunusa Dahiru, an Assistant Inspector General of Police, Shaibu Lawan, said that Yunusa would be prosecuted for taking away a minor from her parents.

Gov Dickson Set To Meet Ese Oruru

Minimum Wage-BayelsaBayelsa State Governor, Seriacke Dickson, is set to receive the freed abducted 14-year old Ese Oruru.

This was disclosed to Channels Television via a telephone chat with the Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa State Governor, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson.

Ese arrived Bayelsa State in company of her mother, Mrs Rose Oruru and some police officers from Abuja yesterday (Wednesday).

She was allegedly abducted in August 2015 by one Yunusa Dahiru, also known as Yellow, and taken to Kano where she was also allegedly married off.

Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, to ensure that all those involved in the abduction are prosecuted in accordance with the law.

Exchanging views with the IGP in Abuja on Wednesday, the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Professor Bem Angwe, commended the IGP, the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II and all other Nigerians, who rallied support towards the release of the 14-year old girl.

The Executive Secretary, who condemned in strong terms the abduction of Ese, stressed that the action was highly reprehensible and contravened Section 21 of the Child’s Rights Act.

Residents Call For Removal Of DPO In Sagamu

Saleh-SagamuSome residents of Sagamu in Ogun state, south west Nigeria, are demanding for the removal of a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) for an alleged extortion and illegal arrest of innocent residents of the area.

The call was made during a peaceful protest held across major streets of the town where they appealed to the state government to wade into the matter before it degenerates to a major crisis.

The protesters called on the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to have him redeployed.

Reacting to the allegations levelled against the senior police officer, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, said the allegations would be investigated and “if the officer is found culpable, he will face the consequence of his actions”.