The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Wednesday, said that President Muhammadu Buhari acted in accordance with the law in extending the tenure of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu by 3 months.
Malami said this when he appeared as a guest on Politics’ today, a programme on Channels Television.
He said that the President acted within the timeframe stipulated by the constitution and exercised his powers to appoint persons into offices subject to confirmation by the Senate.
Recall that the IGP, who enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force on February 4, 1986, was due for retirement on February 4, 2021, having spent 35 years in service as stipulated by law.
However, the President extended his tenure, a move that has stirred controversy as several Lawyers opined that the President has breached sections 215 and 216 of the 1999 Constitution and Section 7 of the Nigerian Police Act 2020, and an alleged breach of the country’s constitution.
When asked if the Lawyers were correct with their argument, Malami responded that the argument of the lawyers were not based on facts available to the President.
“What I am saying in essence is that within the context of official records, within the context of the action taken by Mr President in terms of extension of tenure, the necessary compliance of with the law has been consummated, and the President was and indeed acted within the context of the law, “he said.
Meanwhile, on the Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index of 2020, which ranked Nigeria low as 149 out of 180 countries, Malami faulted the ranking as misplaced because it did not take into account, the various recoveries and convictions by the current administration.