About 30 Assistant Inspectors General of Police, AIGs, retired in June, 2016, have dragged President Muhammadu Buhari before the National Industrial Court (NIC) sitting in Abuja over alleged illegal retirement.
The plaintiffs were retired from service after President Buhari appointed Ibrahim Idris as the Inspector General who prior to his appointment was an AIG.
Joined in the suit challenging their retirement are Idris, who at his behest, the plaintiffs were retired by Buhari, the Attorney-General of the Federation, the Police Service Commission, and the Nigeria Police Force
Through their counsel, J.U Pius, they are seeking the powers of the court to interpret certain parts of the constitution binding on the Police Service Commission (PSC) and its retirement processes.
They alleged that the Police Force was influenced to retire them after Idris then in acting capacity wrote to the presidency to retire 30 senior officers from the rank of Assistant Inspector- General of Police.
And when the matter came up for mention on Monday, counsel to the plaintiffs prayed the court for adjournment to hear the substantive matter following the failure of the defendants to enter appearance.
The presiding judge, Justice Rakiya Hasstrup, later adjourned the case till February 22 for further mention after he ordered that notices be duly served on all five defendants in the suit before the next adjourned date.
Some of the plaintiffs include, Bala A Hassan, Yahaya Garba Ardo, Irmiya F Yarima, Danladi Y Mshebwala, Tambari Y. Mohammed, Bala Magaji Nasarawa, Musa Abdulsalam, Adisa Bolanta, Mohammed J Gana, Umaru Abubakar, Manko former AIG Zone 2, Lagos, Lawal Tanko, and AIG Johnson A Ogunsakin.