PSC reveals why it went to court over 10,000 Police Recruitment

The reason why the Police Service Commission, PSC, instituted a legal action challenging the recruitment of 10,000 Constables by the Inspector General of Police, IGP, into the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, has been made known.

Musiliu Smith, the PSC Chairman said the action was to protect the integrity of the commission.

He made this known at a public hearing by the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs on the review of two bills on Thursday in Abuja.

“I know a lot of us are not happy with the happenings but we need to protect the commission and what has been happening, we need to go to court for the sake of the commission.

“We are there today but may not be there tomorrow, hence the need to set the record straight,” he said.

Smith said that there was a need for proper funding for the commission, adding, however, that PSC had been doing its best with the little resources at its disposal.

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Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila said there was also a need to prioritise recruitment, training and funding of the NPF.

Gbajabiamila said Nigerians deserved a Police Force they could trust and one that would act within the limits of the law as well as respect the rule of law.

He said that the PSC bill 2020 was the first attempt to institute an independent system for holding erring police officers to account for abuses of power and related misconduct in office.

According to him, “There are a lot of good policemen, in fact, a good majority of our policemen are gentlemen and officers, upstanding professionals but we all know the popular saying that a rotten egg can spoil the whole basket.

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“We must attempt to weed out the few rotten eggs that seem to give the police force who lay their lives and put their lives out there on a daily for you and me, that is why we are taking this bill seriously”.

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