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Court rejects request to stop ‘Adamu from parading as IGP’

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The Federal High Court Abuja, on Tuesday, rejected an application to restrain Mohammed Adamu, from parading himself as the Inspector-General Police.

Mr Adamu attained the maximum 35 years in service on February 1, but got a controversial three-month extension of his tenure by President Muhammadu on February 3.

Maxwell Opara, who filed a suit to have the extension cancelled, had on February 11 filed an ex parte application for an order to stop Mr Adamu from functioning as the IGP pending when the court will make a final pronouncement on the validity of the three-month tenure extension.

The judge, Ahmed Mohammed, heard and dismissed the ex parte application on Tuesday.

After listening to Mr Opara’s lawyer, Ugochukwu Ezekiel, the judge ruled it would be unfair to grant such application ”when Mr Adamu and other respondents had already been served and were still within time to respond to the suit”.

Mr Mohammed noted that the respondents had 30 days from the date they were served to respond to the suit.

He, therefore, ruled that granting such interim order sought by the plaintiff while the respondents were trying to reply to the main suit would be contrary to the provision of the law.

“Prayer for an order of interim injunction is hereby refused,” the judge ruled and adjourned the hearing in the main suit till February 24.

While Mr Adamu was represented by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Alex Izinyon, at Tuesday’s proceedings, the other defendants were not represented.

But because it was an ex parte hearing, Mr Adamu’s lawyer did not make a submission on the merit of the plaintiff’s application.

The court, however, ruled in favour of the IGP.

Mr Opara contends in his main suit that by virtue of section 215 of the Nigerian Constitution and section 7 of the Nigeria Police Act, 2020, Mr Adamu cannot validly continue to function as the IGP having retired a serving member of the Nigeria Police Force as from midnight of February 1, 2021.

As part of his prayers, he wants the court to stop Mr Adamu from functioning as the IGP and compel President Buhari and the Nigeria Police Council (NPC) to immediately appoint a new IGP.

The plaintiff sued the President, Mr Adamu, the Attorney-General of the Federation and the NPC.

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