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CUPP to IGP: Your continued stay in office is a threat to national security

…Asks Buhari to announce a replacement

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), on Sunday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a serving police officer  into the vacant office of
Inspector General of Police  as required by the 1999 constitution since IGP Ibrahim Idris is no longer a police officer going by his clocking of
the statutory 35 years in active service retirement age and cannot by law
occupy the office of the IGP again.
It said that the “continuous illegal parading of himself as the Inspector General of
Police is an act of impersonation and a threat to our national security
which should be stopped summarily.”
The 1st National Spokesperson of the CUPP, Ikenga Ugochinyere, made the statement available in Abuja.

The statement reads: “The Opposition coalition wish to remind President Buhari to the sacred
provision of Section 215(1)a,  of the 1999 Constitution which clearly holds
that the President can only appoint A SERVING POLICE OFFICER AS INSPECTOR
GENERAL OF POLICE.T his means that with the reaching of the mandatory
retirement age of 35 years of Active service on Jan 3rd 2019 and the
Mandatory retirement age of 60years of age while in service by the
IGP(which comes up on 15th Jan 2019) the IGP is constitutionally barred
from been retained or reappointed as Police IGP as he is no longer a
serving Police Officer and his continued stay in office is illegal and an
act of impersonation as there is  no legal or documentary contrary
evidence to back up his stay as IGP.

“We call on President Buhari to be courageous to announce the replacement
and not bow to the pressure to cement illegality in the core of the
nation’s security architecture due to his desperation to rig himself back
to power knowing he has been rejected by the Nigerian people.

“The uncertainty in the leadership of the Police in such auspicious moment
emboldens persons with sinister motives and demoralizes senior officers
of the force due to this abrupt and unlawful halt to their career
progression. The law is clear on who can be appointed as Inspector
General of Police and who cannot be appointed as Inspector General of
Police and Mr. Ibrahim Idris is now in the latter group.

“It is flowing from this and to save our dear country from further drift
from a government that lacks the capacity to provide leadership to our country
that the Secretariat of CUPP hereby directs all coalition members in the
36 states  to begin preparation for nationwide protests from 15th January
if the retired IGP is seen dressed in Police Uniform around the Force

“The protests will be in front of the Police Command headquarters of every
state and shall be continued until the right thing is done.

“During the protests, there shall be a declaration that since Mr Ibrahim
Idris is no longer a police officer cannot be addressed as IGP and a call
to him to stay clear of the Force Headquarters.

“By the 15th January, Mr Ibrahim Idris would have attained both 35
years(Jan 3rd 2019) in service and 60 years of age (Jan 15 2019) and he
would have been roundly unqualified to occupy the office of the Inspector
General of Police.

“Finally, we call on President Buhari that he should realize now that he
would be held personally responsible if there is a breakdown of law and
order, loss of lives and property if he continues down this path of
noxious plots to rig himself into power. A word is enough for the wise!”