Recruitment of 10,000 constables: PSC, IGP tussle continue

Recruitment of 10,000 constables: PSC, IGP tussle continue

Monday, November 4, 2019 2:18 pm

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PSC had dragged the leadership of the Police to court over the recruitment of 10,000 constable.

When the suit was first heard on 23, October, Justice Ekwo had ordered parties in the suit challenging the recruitment to stay any action in the interim.

But the Counsel to the PSC, Barth Ogar, told Justice Inyang Ekwo when hearing resumed in the matter on Monday that in spite of the court’s restraining order, the I-G has continued with the recruitment exercise.

“My Lord, in fact that the police has gone ahead to carry out the recruitment exercise in spite of the court’s order.

”The recruited officers have been asked to report to various Police Training Schools in the country,’’ he said.

However, Mr Alex Izinyon, SAN, Counsel to the IG, threatened to withdraw from the suit informed the court that since the recruitment exercise had reached a certain stage, the court should not have maintained the status quo stand.

However, Mr Alex Izinyon, SAN, Counsel to the IG, threatened to withdraw from the suit.

Justice  Ekwo again, ordered the Inspector-General(I-G) of Police, Muhammed Adamu, to maintain status quo in respect of the interim order issued against the recruitment of 10, 000 officers.

Ekwo, held that this was necessary since parties have submitted themselves to court for settlement of the matter.

Unhappy with the judge’s decision, he then threatened to withdraw from the case, if Justice Ekwo did not avail him the opportunity to justify his stance like he did to his colleague, Ogar.

The matter was adjourned until Nov. 11 for mention.

NAN reports that also joined in the matter is the Minister of Police Affairs.

In the motion on notice filed on Sept. 24, the commission is praying the court for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants from ”appointing, recruiting or attempting to appoint or recruit by any means whatsoever any person into any office by the NPF pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit”.

The plaintiff also submitted that none of the respondents is authorised by law to play any role ”in the appointment, promotion, dismissal or exercise of disciplinary measures over persons holding or aspiring to hold offices in the Nigeria Police Force”.

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