Although it has not been officially made public but then, there are some element of rumor mills indicating that president mohammadu Buhari has extended the tenure of the present inspector general of police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris by six month in other that he supervise the upcoming election that is coming few months from now urban express news online has learnt!
But whether it is true or not, the development is said not to go down well with opposition parties under the aegis of the coalition of united political parties, threatening to drag president mohammadu Buhari before the court if the rumour eventually turns out to be true
The President was said to have agreed in principle to grant the IG additional six months in office to enable him to coordinate and supervise the forthcoming general elections in the country.
Officially, Idris is due to retire from the Nigeria Police Force on January 3, 2019, having put in the mandatory 35 years in service. But he was said to have lobbied some senior Presidency functionaries, who, in turn, got Buhari to extend the IG’s tenure.
Source close to presidency who confirms the development to urban express news online however said there may be an extension of tenure for the IGP, saying that will be after the appendage of president Mohammadu Buhari and that what was agreed was done in principle
Meanwhile, the planned extension of tenure, the CUPP claimed, would only afford the police boss the opportunity to do the President’s bidding and work for the ruling All Progressives Congress in the general elections.
They have therefore resolved to resist the move, claiming the nation’s constitution does not make any provision for tenure extension.
The first national spokesperson for the CUPP, Imo Ugochinyere, in an interview AIT Kakaki Breakfast show, said the opposition parties were shifting their attention to the leadership of the force following Buhari’s decision not to sign the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill and the inability of federal lawmakers to override his veto.
He said, “We are insisting that the Inspector-General of Police, whose tenure is expiring in January, must leave the office.
“So, we are demanding that the President should not extend his tenure because there is no such provision in the constitution. A former police officer cannot be an Inspector-General of Police. We will be filing an action in court to ensure that he leaves office in January.”