CP Abdulkarim Dauda Extension Of Tenure Followed Due Process

Contrary to the report by the Police Service Commission that a Commissioner of Police, CP Abdulkarim Dauda breached due process in seeking for extension of tenure because there is no document showing the President Muhammadu Buhari approved an extension for him and also no record showing when or where IGP Adamu authorized his extension of service, Swift Reporters can authoritatively says that there are available documents to proved the extension of service.

It will be recalled that the Police Service Commission, (PSC), presided by its Chairman, former IGP Musiliu Smith, after its 13 plenary meeting in Abuja which held on Monday 20 December and Tuesday 21 December, has directed CP Abdulkarim Dauda to tender his letter of retirement with immediate effect for breach of due process/illegal extension of tenure.

Commissioner in charge Media and Publicity in the Board of the PSC, Mr. Austin Briamoh who made this known at a briefing after the plenary said CP Dauda claimed that he was given extension of service during the tenure of former IGP Mohammed Adamu to year 2021.

But Mr. Briamoh disclosed that during plenary, all the records were searched and there was nowhere or any document showing the President Muhammadu Buhari approved an extension for him while there was also no record showing when or where IGP Adamu authorized his extension of service.

Furthermore, Mr. Braimoh disclosed that the cat was let off the bag when the former CSO sent a correspondence to the PSC demanding promotion to the next rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police arguing that he was qualified for such since by virtue of the extension, he was still in the force.

“So the board of the PSC haven discovered several infraction on the issue of extension for CP Abdulkarim Dauda without due process, rejected the extension and backdated his retirement to 1st of January 2020 when he was actually due for retirement”, Mr. Braimoh said.

“We have no record that his tenure was extended by Mr. President. So quietly, we have asked for him to go. He is to retire and return the salaries he collected from January 2020 till date. We even tempered justice with mercy because when he was to retire, he was given extension.

“It was a violation of the Police act and statutes. On top of that he is appealing that he should be promoted upwards when he is on illegal extension”

Contrasting the Police Service Commission, according to a letter sited by Swift Reporters dated 18th September 2019 addressed to President Buhari titled “Re: Notification of retirement in respect of CP Abdulkarim Dauda (CPSO-President): Recommendation for Extension of Service in the Nigeria Police Force),” the former IGP Mohammed A. Adamu in considering the exceptional professional experience and competence of CP Abdulkarim Dauda, the former IGP recommended that President Buhari draw his presidential power as well as his discretion as Chairman of the Nigeria Police Council to approve an extension of service of CP Abdulkarim Dauda to 13th May 2023 when he would be attaining the age of 60 years of age.

The former IGP said the recommendation is being made in National security Interest

In another letter dated 21st February 2020 addressed to the Chairman, Police Service Commission titled “Re: Extension of service CP CP Abdulkarim Dauda” signed by AIG Alkali Baba Usman, the then Force Secretary, it indicated that the President has confirmed the extension of service for CP Abdulkarim Dauda, from 1st January 2020 (when he was due to retire) to 13th May, 2023.

The letter further stated that the approval for the service extension of the officer was sequel to recommendation of the Inspector General of Police in exercise of the power of the President under Section 171 (1) (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and in cognizance of Section 11(1)(a)(c)(i) of the interpretation Act, CAP 123 Laws of the Federation.

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