A group of Civil Society Organizations in Kano have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the tenure of Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris till after 2019 general elections.
The appeal came few days after President Buhari said he will in due course act on the retirement of the IGP.
The Kano state chairman of Eminent Persons Forum, Mallam Mukhtar Gashash who led the group appealed to the Nigeria Police Service Commission and the National Assembly to approve the elongation of the service term of the Inspector General in view of his track record.
He said the Inspector General has succeeded in instilling discipline, zero tolerance to corruption and promoting rule of law among police officers.
“Among his track of record are: conveying of National Security summit to look and proffer solution into rampant cases of farmers/Pastoralist clashes, kidnapping and other forms of banditry in the country.
“He has to his credit establishment of Eminent Persons Forum at National, state and local government levels with a view to consolidate members of the communities into policing matters,” Mr Gashash said.
According to him Mr Idris has contributed in conducting successful governorship and re-run elections in Edo, Ondo, Anambra, Rivers and Kogi states.
In his address Kano state chairman of police community relations committee Sale Jili said the IG has demonstrated good leadership skills in managing the security of the country through the creation of police rapid response unit which enable citizens to report crimes through phones and social media platforms.
He added that the IG has established anti-kidnapping unit to handle kidnapping cases and X-squad to check corrupt practices and excesses of police officers across the country.
He recalled that former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Umaru ‘Yaradua have extended the tenure of former Inspector Generals Mike Okiro and Sunday Ehindero.
He therefore appealed for the extension of Inspector General’s tenure till after 2019 elections.
In his address the Regional Coordinator of West African Institute for Legal Aid Ma’aruf Yakasai said there is no law that prevents the president from extending the tenure of the IGP.