The Council of State presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Mr. Sulaiman Aba, as the substantive Inspector-General of Police.
Jonathan had earlier named Aba the acting IGP following the retirement of his predecessor, Mr. Muhammed Abubakar
The new IG of Police had been enmeshed in series of controversies ever since he assumed office in acting capacity. Not a few Nigerians are of the opinion that Abba had thrown caution to the winds in his actions in order to placate the President who had enormous influence in his confirmation as the number one police officer in the country.
Renowned lawyer, Femi Falana SAN, in a letter to the Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba Esq.over the weekend, accused the Force of being partisan regarding political and national issues in the country, describing the act as an “Illegal Policing Of The Republic”.
In the letter made available to The Street Journal, Falana further cited major cases including the arrest of leaders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) during the Osun State governorship election, the ban on #BringBackOurGirls rallies and the recent withdrawal of Aminu Tambuwal’s aides, following his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC,
“Since you were appointed the Acting Inspector-General of Police by the President of the Republic on July 31, 2014 the Nigeria Police Force has been involved in partisan politics to the detriment of law and order in the country. Permit me to draw your attention to three glaring cases of political bias recently displayed by the Police under your leadership” the letter read.
Falana accused him of overstepping his boundaries, noting that “you decided to usurp the judicial powers of the federation which are exclusively vested in the courts by section 6 of the Constitution when you claimed that the Speaker had lost his office and seat as a federal legislator having contravened section 68 (1) (g) of the Constitution”.