The Nigerian Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has said that it is the president doesn’t have the power to sack police officers.
Fashola while speaking at an event in Lagos, on Friday, November 5 2021, said that most Nigerians don’t fully understand subject to the structure of Nigerian government, the President does not have power to sack the police.
This he said in relation to the #EndSARS protests in October 2020, which was an agitation against Stars and the Police.
Read his words below: “At the onset of the protest against the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) when five demands were made in respect of the police and SARS, President Muhammadu Buhari weighed in on the side of the protesters.”In my interaction with some of them, young and not so young, they wanted the president to sack some policemen, in some cases, even the inspector-general of police.
“During this interaction, I referred them to the provisions of the 1999 constitution as amended, that I pointed out to them that the president of Nigeria cannot sack a policeman because a policeman is not the employee of the president, but rather the employee of the police service commission.
“The president can only sack ministers and other appointees that he personally appoints to assist him and not any civil servant deployed to work for him such as a cook, driver, or administrative staff who are ordinary employees of the civil service commission.
“Not a few persons were surprised to hear this. Indeed, I have discovered that a sizeable number of our people express surprise when I explain the structure of government to them.”