- The Court of Appeal has nullified the recruitment of 10,000 constables carried out by the inspector-general of police
- The judgment of the court was delivered by Justice Olabisi Ige, the presiding judge
- Justice Ige said that the police IG lacked the power to recruit constables
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The recruitment of 10,000 constables by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu back in 2019 has been declared null and void by the Court of Appeal in Abuja, The Nation reports.
Delivering the verdict, Justice Olabisi Ige, the head of a three-man panel on Wednesday, September 30, held that the police boss lacked the power to recruit constables for the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
The Court of Appeal also ruled that only the Police Service Commission (PSC) has the power to carry out the recruitment.
Justice Ige upheld the PSC’s case by resolving all the issues raised in favour of the petitioner.
The court held that provisions of the Police Act which reportedly gives Adamu the power of recruiting constables conflicts with the constitutional powers vested in the PSC.
The judgment upturned the verdict of which had validated the power of the IGP to proceed with the recruitment.
Back in December 2019, the Federal High Court, Abuja, dismissed the PSC’s suit, challenging Adamu’s power to recruit 10, 000 police officers.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, who delivered the judgement, said the PSC’s suit lacked merit.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Adamu maintained that the statutory entry requirements into the NPF must be strictly adhered to in the police recruitment screening exercise.
Adamu made the disclosure on Tuesday, August 25, in a statement by the spokesperson for the police force, Frank Mba in Abuja.
According to Mba, the clarification became necessary after reports in some sections of the media claimed that the IGP has suspended the entry requirement for candidates who applied to join the police as constables.
Reports had emanated claiming that the NPF suspended the entry requirements for applicants seeking to be recruited as constables.
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