HURIWA says IGP Baba can retire now elections are over
Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), yesterday, said the continuous stay in office by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, is illegal as he ought to have gone into retirement when he clocked 60 earlier in March.
HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said Baba’s continuous stay in office, contravenes the Police Service Commission rules and the Police Act 2020.
According to the rights group, the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi, had earlier in January defended Baba’s remain in office, saying he can’t be removed during an election period.
However, HURIWA said now that the elections are over, Baba should vacate office immediately.
“Amid overwhelming calls for Baba’s retirement at the mandatory age of 60 on March 1, 2023, according to the Federal Civil Service Rules, the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi, announced that the IGP would not be retiring midway into the general election, as earlier expected since his tenure had already been extended by Buhari.
“The minister explained that the Police Act 2020 had changed the rules for the IGP, revealing that Baba has a four-year tenure. Dingyadi said the IG was appointed by the President on April 6, 2021 and confirmed by the Nigeria Police Council, headed by the President, in June 2021 for a single tenure of four years.
“The illegal occupation of the office of IGP by Usman Alkali Baba who ought to have retired from the Nigeria Police statutorily alongside his mate earlier in March is really worrisome.
“It is thoroughly disgraceful for Nigeria as a nation that someone who ought to have retired is still being kept around as IGP under the nebulous interpretation of the Police Act.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is promoting lawlessness and executive rascality in letting the retired policeman still go about wearing uniform as the IGP.”