President Muhammadu Buhari has ‘illegally’ extended by three years, the tenure of his Chief Personal Security Officer (CPSO), Abdulkarim Dauda, who is also his nephew.
Dauda, who is directly related to Mamman Daura, removed the name Daura from his public documents to avoid public suspicion, according to Sahara Reporters.
His father, Alhaji Dauda Daura, a groundnut merchant in the colonial era in Kano, was Mr. Buhari’s elder brother with whom young Buhari once stayed.
Dauda joined the force in 1985 and he is due for retirement from active service in January 2020 because he has clocked the constituted 35 years as a civil servant.
But by Buhari’s three more year approval, Dauda will remain in office till May 13, 2023, when he’s 60 years old.
A leaked memo, approving Dauda’s extension in service, which was signed by the Secretary of the Nigeria Police Force, AIG Usman Alkali, with reference number DTO:041500/10/2019, reads:
“The President, Commander in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Chairman, Police Council, has graciously approved the extension of service of CP Abdulkarim Dauda to May 13, 2023, when he would have attained 60 years of age. Commissioner, Information Technology, amend your records please.”
Mr. Dauda’s rapid promotions from Chief Superintendent of Police in 2015 to becoming the Commissioner of Police in just four years, was also alleged to be influenced by President Buhari.
A ranking police officer who spoke to newsmen in confidence said:
“The speed he got to the commissioner from chief superintendent just between 2015 and 2019 is unprecedented in the Nigerian Police Force. The promotions were illegal. They only gave him favours because he is related to the president.”
In March 2018, while still a deputy commissioner, he was exposed in a leaked audio begging former chairman of Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro, to expedite the promotion of former police spokesperson, Moshood Jimoh.
In the same audio, Mr Okiro told him, “even your own, Even your own, I am putting you for CP“.
Barely four months after, he was decorated by the president as a police commissioner.
The spokesman for the Nigeria Police Force Frank Mba could not be reached for comment at the time of filing in this report.
A source at the force headquarters said Mr. Mba was away in Awka for a training, and therefore his lines are “hardly reached”.
Meanwhile, the founder of the One Love Family, Sat Guru Maharaji Ji has urged President Buhari to appoint him into his cabinet as his “spiritual adviser.”
According to Maharaji Ji, it’s necessary for Buhari to appoint him because other religious groups and their leaders had failed.