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UPDATED: Knocks as Buhari extends service of his police aide by 4 years

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President Muhammadu Buhari has come under criticism for extending the service years of his Chief Personal Security Officer, Abdulkarim Dauda, by four years, a move which critics have described as illegal and a usurpation of the powers of the Police Service Commission.

Dauda, it was learnt, was promoted twice within a space of three years due to his position as the President’s aide.

The rules state that a policeman can remain in service for a maximum of 35 years or till the age of 60 or whichever comes first.

However, in a leaked memo signed by the Secretary of the Nigeria Police Force, AIG Usman Alkali, with reference number DTO:041500/10/2019, it was stated that Dauda, who is a Commissioner of Police, would be allowed to remain in service till 2023.

This implies that Dauda would have spent a total of 39 years in service when he is up for retirement, a privilege usually reserved for Inspectors-General of Police.

The memo read in part, “Extension of Service P.No 23853 COMPOL Abdulkarim Dauda (CP) X. The President X Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces X Chairman Police Council X has graciously approved the extension of service of CP Abdulkarim Dauda to May 13, 2023, X When he would have attained sixty (60) years of age X COMPOL Info-Tech only X Amended your records please.”

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The letter, which surfaced on social media on Wednesday, elicited condemnation from some Nigerians who said the President has no regard for due process and service rules.

Popular government critic, Prof. Farooq Kperogi, alleged that the policeman was a relative of the President just like his aide-de-camp hence the swift promotions he was getting.

Kperogi said: “The Personal Chief Security Officer to Buhari was supposed to retire but his service has been illegally extended to 2023.

“He’s a nephew to Mamman Daura. Was only a CSP in 2015 but was rapidly promoted to Commissioner of Police in just 4 years. That’s from CSP to ACP to DCP to CP!”

Additionally, in further context, he noted: “Abdulkarim Dauda, Buhari’s PCSO, is the son of Mamman Daura’s brother.

“Recall that Mamman Daura’s father, called Dauda Daura, is Buhari’s half-brother from the same father. (Mamman Daura is Nigeria’s de facto president for whom Abba Kyari acts.) Nepotism on steroids!”

Citing additional sources, he said that his “friends from Daura just called to say that Abdulkarim Dauda is actually Mamman Daura’s blood brother and Buhari’s nephew.

“That means, like Mamman Daura, Buhari is his uncle.”

Speaking with our correspondent, the National Coordinator, Network of Police Reform in Nigeria, Okey Nwanguma, described the President’s action as illegal.

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