The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has suspended its planned protest to demand the immediate retirement of the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris.
The decision follows indications on Monday that President Muhammadu Bunari has appointed a new Police chief.
Idris turns 60 years this Tuesday, a mandatory age for civil servants to retire even if they have not met the other milestone condition for compulsory retirement — attainment of 35 years in service.
The IGP in whose tenure several controversial actions were taken, was expected to have proceeded on vacation preparatory to disengagement, but he remained in office till the last weekend, fuelling fears that his tenure might be extended by President Buhari in disregard of extant rules.
A statement by CUPP.s spokesman, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, on Monday disclosed that the suspension followed hints that the President has appointed a new IGP.
The statement reads:
“After due consultations with the relevant stakeholders and coalition Partners, the leadership of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) led by His Excellency Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola Chairman of the CUPP Steering committee has directed all CUPP member parties at different levels to suspend the CUPP planned nation wide protest to demand the immediate retirement of the outgoing Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr Ibrahim Idris.
“The decision followed an unconfirmed report on the last minute decision of president Muhammadu Buhari to relieve the IGP of his job in compliance with section 215 (1) (A) of the 1999 constitution as amended.
“We heard on good authority that the president has settled for a new IGP, signaling an end to the controversial tenure of Mr Idris.
“The CUPP will however address a world press conference tomorrow, (Tuesday 15th Jan 2019) to herald the new Inspector General of Police and to demand the immediate release of all political detainees and set a new agenda for effective Policing.
“Our demand for the immediate retirement of the outgoing IGP and multiple legal actions against his continued illegal stay was not a witch-hunt but a legitimate move for the preservation of the sanctity of the laws of the land.
“CUPP and many other Nigerians welcome the end of the controversial IGP’s tenure as a major victory for our democracy. We therefore urge the incoming IGP to see his appointment as a service to the nation and to all Nigerians irrespective of our diverse political and religious affliations.”
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