Knocks as Buhari extends service of his police aide by four years

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Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has come under criticism for extending the service years of his Chief Personal Security Officer , Abdulkarim Dauda , by four years, a move which critics have described as illegal and a usurpation of the powers of the Police Service Commission.
Dauda , it was learnt , was promoted twice within a space of three years due to his position as the President ’ s aide .
The rules state that a policeman can remain in service for a maximum of 35 years or till the age of 60 or whichever comes first .
However , in a leaked memo signed by the Secretary of the Nigeria Police Force , AIG Usman Alkali , with reference number DTO :041500 /10 /2019 , it was stated that Dauda , who is a Commissioner of Police , would be allowed to remain in service till 2023 .
This implies that Dauda would have spent a total of 39 years in service when he is up for retirement , a privilege usually reserved for Inspectors- General of Police .
The memo read in part, “ Extension of Service P. No 23853 COMPOL Abdulkarim Dauda (CP) X . The President X Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces X Chairman Police Council X has graciously approved the extension of service of CP Abdulkarim Dauda to May 13, 2023 , X When he would have attained sixty ( 60) years of age X COMPOL Info- Tech only X Amended your records please. ”
The letter , which surfaced on social media on Wednesday, elicited condemnation from some Nigerians who said the President has no regard for due process and service rules.
Popular government critic , Prof. Farooq Kperogi, alleged that the policeman was a relative of the President just like his aide – de- camp hence the swift promotions he was getting .
Speaking with our correspondent, the National Coordinator, Network of Police Reform in Nigeria, Okey Nwanguma , described the President ’ s action as illegal .
Nwanguma said only the PSC can extend the service year of a policeman who is not the IG and not the President
He said , “I am told the man comes from Daura, the same village as our President . The Police council has no powers over promotion, appointment , and recruitment but as PSC. What he did was to usurp the powers of the PSC. So , this is nepotism and the action is ultra vires because the President has no such power.
“ It is also in breach of the civil service rules. There is no basis in law or morality to justify what the President did and the PSC must take action . ”
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