Police Commission lauds Supreme Court’s judgement over Costable recruitment saga

Police Commission lauds Supreme Court’s judgement over Costable recruitment saga




The Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Solomon Arase, a retired Inspector General of Police, has described the Supreme Court’s judgment on recruitment of constables by the commission as best interest for national security.

The apex court, had on July 11, 2023, laid to rest the contentious issue and controversy between the PSC and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) as to whose duty it is to recruit constables for the Nigeria Police.

In the judgment, the Supreme Court unequivocally pronounced that the PSC as the agency statutorily mandated to do so.

Prior to the judgment, Arase said efforts were already in process and at advanced stage towards amicable resolution of the issue between the two critical institutions, as it was highly embarrassing to government, and other stakeholders for the duo which ought to work in harmony and mutuality to have engaged in such avoidable legal disputation over an issue that sought understanding, respect and compromise.

Reacting to the judgment, the commission Chairman, Dr. Solomon Arase, CFR, retired Inspector General of Police said the judgment simply and legally cements the resolution of the issue in a win-win situation for the two institutions which ordinarily cannot effectively function, and deliver on its respective mandates without the cooperation of each other.

A statement issued on Sunday by the Head, Press and Public Relations, PSC, Ikechukwu Ani: “It must be said and seen, therefore, that the judgment is delivered for the overall best interest of our national security, and goes to underscore the imperative need for harmonious working relationship and mutual trust amongst agencies of Government.

“Consequently, it is important that all concerned de-escalate and eschew all forms of hostilities, misconceptions, preconceptions and prejudices against each other which were at the base of the hitherto characterizing of a no love lost relationship between the Commission and the NPF.

He noted that the unnecessary imbrogilo impacted negatively on the Staff of the Police Service Commission and officers and other ranks of the Nigeria Police Force.

“Going forward, he announced that a Recruitment Board has been constituted, chaired by the Police Service Commission, with other relevant stakeholders as members, and will be inaugurated in no distant time.

“The Board will screen and ensure that only able and qualified members of the public are recruited into the NPF, reflecting also the principle of Federal Character.

“The imperativeness of peace, harmony and cordiality between the two institutions, according to him cannot be over-emphasized, as contemporary security provisioning has become more tasking than ever, and demands a robust policy guideline from the Commission, if the Nigeria Police Force must be repositioned for greater efficiency and effectiveness in not only meeting up with the myriad of security challenges confronting our dear country, Nigeria, but also birthing a responsive, responsible and accountable police to our people.

“Peace is essential for growth and success of any institution in delivering on its mandate, and it is hoped that the Commission and NPF will continue to build and consolidate on the emerging trust, confidence and mutual respect which will aggregate to foster and entrench a culture of love and symbiotic relationship between the two agencies, towards the attainment of our statutory mandates, for a greater, safer, prosperous and more secure Nigeria”.

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