A constitutional lawyer, Human Rights Activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Chief Mike Ozekhome, has described the appointment of the new Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali as unconstitutional and illegal.
In a letter titled “Buhari’s Northernisation of Nigeria Police.”, Chief Ozekhome said it is become worrisome that President Buhari is running the country without regard for the rule of law.
Chief Ozekhome stated that, “With Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, another northern Muslim as the minister of police affairs, the circle of policing in Nigeria is complete.
“Of course, Buhari controls the police by virtues of sections 214, 215 and 216 of the 1999 Constitution. It is the same situation with the ministry of petroleum resources and NNPC, the entire security architecture of Nigeria, and other key sectors and commanding heights of the economy.
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“The illogical and puerile argument is always that the president only appoints people he can trust and that such persons are qualified in any event. That argument is insulting and insensitive to the intelligence, sensibilities and plurality of Nigeria.
“Can’t President Muhammadu Buhari for once, just for once, in his opaque appointments look beyond his religion and immediate and forsake sectionalism, cronyism, prebendalism, tribalism, favouritism, and act as a true statesman?
“Is he truly saying he cannot trust any of the other over 15 million Nigerians who voted for him, or that he cannot find any of them that is qualified to be made an IGP?” part of the statement read.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ozekhome further said that the appointment of IGP is the duty of the President in conjunction with the Nigeria Police Council comprising Mr. President as chairman, all the 36 state governors, the chairman of the Police Service Commission and the IGP.
He argued the appointment of Baba, as the new acting IGP “is capricious, arbitrary, whimsical, unconscionable, illegal, unlawful, wrongful and unconstitutional.”
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