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President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, have referred to a lawsuit filed at a Federal High Court in Abuja by an Abuja-based counsel, Maxwell Opara, over the tenure extension given to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, arguing that the constitution requires the new IGP to remain in office until 2024.
In their counter-affidavit, the President and AGF charged that Okpara “has refused to discharge the legitimate presumption of evidence that the second defendant is not a serving police officer for the purposes of extending his term of office.”
The Judge issued the decision on Tuesday, March 16, after observing that the NPC lacked legal counsel. He observed that the documents were served on one Adeyemi, whose position was not specified, on the originating processes, rendering the service ineffective.
While Okpara’s lawyer, Ugochukwu Ezekiel, stated that the counsel for Buhari and Malami served him with a counter affidavit questioning the court’s authority to hear the matter in the morning, the court stated that service was central to the proceeding.
The case has been postponed to March 30 for a hearing.