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Federal High Court Sitting in Abuja had on Monday declares that
the inspector General of police under  the police council holds the jurisdiction to recruit constables
into the Nigeria Police Force


Justice Inyang Ekwo handed the judgment whilst dismissed a suit filed by the Police Service Commission (PSC) to challenge the power of the NPF and the IGP, Mohammed Adamu, to carry out the
ongoing exercise of recruiting 10,000 police constables.
 


The judge held that the PSC’s case lacked merit.
The judge held that the law guiding the enlistment of constables into the NPF was
the Nigeria Police Regulations of 1968, issued by the Nigerian President in
accordance with the provisions of Section 46 of the Police Act 1967 (No 41),
providing for the organisation and administration of the police force.
The
judge noted that section 71 of the Nigeria Police Service Regulations gave the
power to enlist constables to the Police Council under the control of the IGP
and not the PSC.
He
ruled that the PSC by its enabling law could only appoint constables after the
enlistment exercise carried out by the NPF.
He
added that the Civil Service Rules cited by the PSC in defining the meaning of
“appointment” to include “recruitment” did not apply to the NPF, not being a
civil service.

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