President has right to extend IG’s tenure, says Keyamo

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The Spokesman for the Buhari Campaign Organisation, Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), said the PDP was raising a false alarm over Buhari's decision to elongate the tenure of the inspector general of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

Keyamo argued that the President had the right to retain or extend the tenure of the IG as he deems fit.

He said former President Olusegun Obasanjo also extended the tenure of a police boss during his time. He wondered why the PDP did not complain when Obasanjo did it.

The senior advocate said, “The highest statutory rank you can get as a policeman is commissioner. Every other rank is a political appointment. So, it is at the discretion of the President to appoint or not. Let the PDP wait till they get to power in many years from now before they dictate to the President on who to appoint.

“Nobody dictated to Obasanjo when he extended the tenure of the IG. These things are done sometimes for the purpose of convenience in terms of planning and arrangement because the ultimate desire of all of us is to have a peaceful election.

“The PDP is jittery because they used to use the  police and INEC to rig elections until the game changed in 2015. Even the former IG, Suleiman Abba, said he was sacked because he refused to help them rig 2015 elections.”

 


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