Olusegun Ariyo

The Police Service Commission (PSC) said it will be having a meeting over the 2020 police recruitment and appeal Court interpretation on police recruitment that was adjudicated recently.

The commission has been running a legal battle with the office of the inspector general of police seeking an interpretation of the court on whose responsibilities it is to recruit policemen in the Nigeria police force, where a federal high court sitting in Abuja had earlier given a verdict putting the recruitment responsibility on the table of the inspector general of police.

Not satisfied with the interpretation, the police service commission seeks redress at the appellate court and got a verdict in its favour.

In a statement entitled; Appeal Court Judgment; Police Service Commission To Meet On 2020 Recruitment and that which was made available to Urban Express-News online Through The Commission’s  Head of Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani said the court of appeal sitting in Abuja on Wednesday, September 2020 had returned  the constitutional powers of the police service commission to appoint  person into the Nigeria police force, setting aside an earlier federal high court ruling to the contrary

Ani said the commission sees the judgment as victory for the rule of law and has always believed in the supremacy of the law adding that the commission is happy with the judgment and will continue to work with the Nigeria police force for the collective good of the nation.

Continuing, Ani said the commission received several calls on the fate of the on-going 2019 recruitment into the constable cadre of the Nigeria police force already declared null and void by the judgment.

He said as justification, the commission will soon meet to take a decision on the implications of the judgment and the way forward adding that it will continue to ensure that its operations are guided by established laws.

Meanwhile, a new permanent secretary also assumes duty on the 5th of October with a promise to not only changing the narrative in the public service but to run an all-inclusive administration where every staff counts.

Ani quoted the new permanent secretary, Alhaji Ismaila as saying” he is aware of the enormity of the challenges in the commission and promised to do his best to take the commission to the next level.

His word: All hands must be on deck as we all have to come together as a team to discharge these onerous assignments.

 He said  Director in the Department of Police Discipline, Mr Ibe Emmanuel who was holding brief before the assumption of the new permanent secretary in his response, briefed the new secretary to the commission on the judgment of the appeal court that returned the mandate to appoint persons into offices in the Nigeria police force while pledging the support and cooperation of staff to the new secretary to the commission.  

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