Police Service Commission Says New Police Recruitment Is Illegal
Written by Smooth FM on October 16, 2019
The Police Service Commission has denounced the recruitment list of constables released by the Nigerian Police, describing it as an act of Illegality.
In a statement issued in Abuja, the commission said the list released by the police was in breach of the Federal Character Principle.
The PSC and the Nigerian Police have been engaged in a battle of supremacy over where the power to recruit lies.
The PSC is constitutionally empowered to oversee the recruitment, discipline and promotion of police personnel.
But the Nigerian Police insist that it derives its powers to recruit under the Police Act.
The PSC maintains that part of its powers with regard to its functions in relation to rank and file was delegated to the police.
At the heat of the disagreement, the PSC announced that it had withdrawn the delegated powers granted the police.
It stated: “The Police Service Commission dissociates itself from a purported list of candidates scheduled for training and allegedly released by the Nigeria Police Force in respect of the recruitment exercise into the constable cadre of the Force.
“The commission notes that the list released by the Police is an act of illegality and from close observation was in serious breach of the Federal Character requirements.”
The statement is signed by its spokesman, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani.