Police Service Commission Ignores IGP, takes decision on Police Recruitment Exercise.Adunni Adetola
Police Service Commission Ignores IGP, takes decision on Police Recruitment Exercise.
The Police Service Commission (PSC) has continued the recruitment process of constables into the Nigerian Police Force (NPF).
The commission had suspended the process last month after the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, fumed over an advertorial on recruitment.
IGP Baba, in a statement signed by the Force spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, had asked Nigerians to disregard the advertorial which was placed in national dailies.
The Commission later suspended the process and said it wanted to resolve the issues with the IGP.
On Wednesday, the PSC in a statement said: “The Police Service Commission is the sole Statutory body exclusively empowered and responsible for the appointment, promotion, dismissal and exercise of disciplinary control over persons holding or aspiring to hold offices in The Nigeria Police Force except the Inspector-General of Police.
“The Commission is one of the Federal Executive Bodies captured in Section 153 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended;
“Paragraph 29 and 30 of the third Schedule of the Constitution states that;
“The Commission shall have power to –
“(a) appoint persons to offices (other than office of the Inspection-General of Police) in the Nigeria Police Force; and
“(b) dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over persons holding any office referred to in sub-paragraph (a) of this paragraph.
“Also Section 6 of the Police Service Commission (ESTABLISHMENT) ACT, 2001 provides as follows;
“(1) The Commission shall-
“(a) Be responsible for the appointment and promotion of persons to offices (other than the office of the Inspector-General of Police) in Nigeria Police force:
“(b) Dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over persons (other than the Inspector-General of Police) in the Nigerian Police Force;