Court upholds recruitment of 10,000 Police constables


A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday threw out a suit filed by the Police Service Commission (PSC) asking it to stop the ongoing recruitment exercise of 10,000 constables by the Nigeria Police Force.

The PSC had approached the court seeking a pronouncement that it was the statutory body charged with the enlistment of rank and file, also known as constable recruitment in the Nigeria Police Force.

But ruling on the case, Justice Iyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court Abuja held that by the provision of Section 71 of the Police Act, it was the Nigeria Police Council under the leadership of the IGP that was empowered with the enlistment of rank and file in the force.

The judge further noted that there is nothing in the documentary evidence placed before the court by the PSC to support its claims that the IGP has usurped the powers of the commission in the enlistment of rank and file into the Nigerian police.

The court, however, insisted that the Police Council under the control of the IGP was the statutory body to carry out such an exercise.

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