The Police Service Commission (PSC) is to meet over the reported extension of the service of Mr. Abdulkadir Dauda, a police commissioner, and a security aide of President Muhammadu Buhari, whose retirement was said to have been deferred by the president, THISDAY learnt yesterday.
A leaked signal reportedly from Force Secretary, Mr. Usman Alkali, an Assistant Inspector General of Police, to police Department of Information Technology, had conveyed the president’s decision with a directive to the section to amend its records accordingly.
With the presidential approval, Dauda would now retire in 2023 when he would have been 60 years old.
But the PSC through its spokesman, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani, said the presidential directive breached civil service rules that guide the tenure and retirement of public officers, explaining that an officer was required to leave the service upon attainment of 35 years in service or 60 years of age, whichever one comes first.
A former chairman of the PSC and retired Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Mr. Parry Osayande, has also urged the president to adhere to the rules on the matter.
Dauda, the chief personal security officer to the president, hails from Daura and is billed to retire on January 1, 2020 when he would have served for the mandatory 35 years in service. He enlisted in the Nigerian Police Force as a cadet on January 1, 1985.
However, Ani, while responding to THISDAY inquiry on the reported extension of Dauda’s tenure, said although the commission had not been formally informed on the extension, public service rules were clear on the period or tenure of service of every civil servant.
He said the commission would soon convene a meeting where it is expected to take a position on the issue.
Ani, who did not state the date of the meeting said: “The public service rule is very clear. It is either you attain 35 years in service and you retire, or you do so at the age of 60. That is what the public service rule says for a civil servant. The commission has not met to take a decision on this. We just saw it yesterday.
“We noticed that yesterday and he has not formally come before the commission. The commission will meet and consider what is supposed to be done. The commission has not as a body met to consider the development. When they meet, they will take a decision on it.”