Police recruitment: Again, PSC disowns candidates’ list, drags Nigeria Police to court for hijack of constitutional powers




End appears not to be in sight in the feud between the Police Service Commission (PSC) and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) over the on-going recruitment into the Force as the commission has once again  dissociates itself from a list of candidates for training said to have been released by the NPF.

PSC spokesperson Mr Iyke Ani in a press statement, Tuesday in Abuja, said: “The PSC 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.

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 urges the public to be weary of the list as it will soon resume the remaining stages of the recruitment process and release the authentic list of successful candidates, local government by local government.

“The Commission is presently in Court against the Nigeria Police Force over the hijack of its constitutional powers to recruit and had filed originating summons and interlocutory injunction restraining the NPF from going ahead with the exercise.

“The processes filed since September 27, 2019, by Kanu G. Agabi (SAN) were brought to the knowledge of the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu the same day.”

Ani further stated that: “In the letter notifying the IGP of the pendency of the suit, No: FHC/ABJ/CS/1124/2019; Kanu Agabi (SAN) had stated “we write to inform you of the pendency of the above mentioned suit before the Federal High Court Abuja. By this notice you are to stay further action in the subject matter of this suit pending the hearing and determination of the case.”

According to the commission, “It is unfortunate that despite the pendency of the Court processes, the Nigeria Police Force went ahead to release a purported list of candidates it has invited for training.

“The Commission wishes to state that the list is unknown to it as it believes it is a product of illegality. The hearing for the commission’s suit has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 23, at the Federal High Court 5, Abuja.”

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