Some retired senior police officers alleged that the inspector-general of police, Ibrahim Idris, while in an acting capacity wrote to the presidency to retire 30 senior officers.
Thirty senior police officers, retired in 2016, have dragged President Buhari and the Nigerian Police Force before the National Industrial Court over allegations that they were unjustly retired by the force.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the officers who are challenging their retirement are insisting the force was ‘influenced’ to retire them.
Also joined in the suit as co-defendants are attorney-general of the federation, inspector-general of police and police service commission.
The aggrieved officers alleged that the inspector-general of police, Ibrahim Idris, while in an acting capacity allegedly wrote to the presidency to retire the 30 senior officers.
They alleged that the officers who were from the rank of Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of police, were eventually retired at the instance of the IGP.
The officers are praying the court to interpret certain laws in line with their retirement which they claimed was influenced.
The officers’ counsel, J. U. Pius, told the court that all defendants in the suit were duly served notices on August 16, 2016, to appear in court today but failed to enter appearance.
However, the court’s records showed that only one defendant, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, was served notice.
The judge, Rakiya Haastrup, adjourned the case till February 22 for further mention.
She ordered that notices be duly served on all five defendants in the suit before the adjourned date.
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