Minister of police affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, has defended President Buhari’s action of not consulting the Police Council before appointing Usman Alkali Baba.
News Mail Nigeria reports that after the appointment of Usman Alkali Baba, Human Rights activists like Mike Ozekhome pointed out that Baba’s appointment was unconstitutional. He argued that President Muhammadu Buhari can not singlehandedly appoint a new Inspector General of Police.
Others argued that Buhari did not consult the Police Council as contained in the Nigeria Police Act 2020 and section 214,215 and 216 of the 1999 constitution (as amended).
Speaking on Channels TV’s Politics on Friday, Muhammad Dingyadi, said he did nothing wrong by not consulting the Police Council. He added that President Buhari will consult the Police Council when he returns.
“Mr president, by law, has been asked, while appointing the inspector-general of police to consult the police council. Mr president has not yet consulted the police council and that is why you have seen that the person he is appointing now is on acting capacity,” he said.
“So, he’s making arrangements now to consult the police council, and as you are aware, Mr president is not in the country at this material time.
“As soon as he comes back, he will set the machinery in motion to do the necessary processes provided by the law to consult the police council in this direction.”
When asked what will happen if the President Buhari’s choice is rejected by the Police Council, the Minister said it has not happened before. He added that Buhari must have done his homework before taking the action.
“I’m not sure, but this kind of thing has never happened, because before the president takes decision on an acting appointment, he must have made his own homework,” he said.
“What the police council will be after is ensuring that the right person is brought on board — somebody who is capable; somebody who is a professional; somebody who is qualified and experienced.
“And I want to believe that the governors who are members of this council have all the confidence in Mr president and they know the kind of person he is. I think Mr president should be able to convince members of the police council in this decision that he has taken at this material time.”