Why Court Fires IG Alkali-Baba Over Illegal Stay In Office

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A Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State, has declared that the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, is not entitled to the current seat he is occupying.


The pronouncement was made by Justice Fatun Riman who stated that Baba’s stay in office is against the provisions of the Police Act, 2020.



Riman said the Police IG’s stay is “unlawful and unconstitutional,” insisting that Alkali-Baba is an illegal occupier of the IGP’s office.


The court ruled in its judgment in a suit marked FHC/AKW/CS/58/2023, filed by Okechukwu Nwafor, a taxpayer.


According to the judgment, the court held that only an officer within the listed rank, with four years in service, can be appointed as IG of Police, not one with less than four years.


Earlier this year, in January, Buhari had extended the tenure of the Police boss.


Although the judgment was delivered on Friday, May 19, 2023, a certified copy of the judgment was released on Saturday, May 27, 2023.



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