Human rights lawyer Mike Ozekhome (SAN) described Usman Alkali Baba’s appointment as acting inspector general of police as unconstitutional and nepotistic.
Ozekhome stated this in a statement that was made available PUNCH on Wednesday titled, ‘Bukhari’s Nortering of Nigerian Police Forces’.
PUNCH previously reported that the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (withdrawn), through Police Minister Mohammad Dingyadi, on Tuesday appointed Baba as Mohammed Adamu’s successor.
Adamu, whose term ended in February after completing a mandatory 35 years in office, was given an extension by the president for three months, but has only spent about two months since the three-month extension when he was replaced.
Reacting, Ozekhome, who had previously struck against the extension of Adam’s term, said following paragraph 7 of Schedule 3 of the 1999 Constitution, the president cannot independently appoint an IGP, as he has again done unconstitutionally and illegally.
“It can only do so together with the Nigerian Police Council, which is made up of Mr. President as chairman, all 36 state governors, the president of the police service commission and the IGP.
“Such an appointment, which just happened before the new acting IGP, is capricious, arbitrary, capricious, unscrupulous, illegal, illegal, illegal and unconstitutional. It praises strong people more than strong institutions.
“Today, Bukhari reappointed DIG Usman Alkali Baba, a northern Muslim, as acting inspector general of police, to replace Adam Mohammad, another northern Muslim. With Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, another northern Muslim in the position of Minister of Police, the police circle in Nigeria is complete. ”
Continuing his human rights lawyer, he wrote, “By the way, can’t President Muhammad Bukhari once, only once, in his opaque appointments look beyond his religion and immediate and abandon sectionism, chronicle, prebendalism, tribalism, favoritism and act like a real statesman?
“Is he really saying that he can’t trust any of the other over 15 million Nigerians who voted for him, or that he can’t find any of them who are qualified to declare IGP?” I was happy to think that on May 29, 2015, during the first oath, he told the Nigerians that he was for “everything and for when”? So Bukhari actually deceived Nigerians and desecrated his solemn oath?
“Does Bukhari tell Nigerians that under his rule, Nigerians really live in the Federal Republic of the North, the Northern Republic of Nigeria or the Republic of Northern Nigeria, or the Republic of Northern Nigeria, the Republic of Northern Nigeria and other Vassal states? I cannot decode Buhari’s defiant refusal to respect the principle of a federal character contained in Article 14 (3) of the 1999 Constitution. Or can you? ”
PUNCH also reported that Igbo’s top socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, also condemned Babe’s appointment as IGP, saying the federal government’s injustice under Bukhari’s regime was responsible for the growing anxiety and insecurity in the southeast.