Senate orders PSC to suspend police recruitment exercise

Senate orders PSC to suspend police recruitment exercise


– The recruitment of 10,000 personnel into the police force has been suspended

– This is based on the orders of the Senate Police Committee

– The exercise was suspended over alleged irregularities

The recruitment of 10,000 personnel into the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has been suspended based on the orders of the Senate Police Committee.

Inspector-general of police, Ibrahim Idris

According to a report by Daily Trust, the recruitment was already underway when it was discovered that the criteria set for the exercise had been jettisoned by the organisers – the Police Service Commission (PSC).

The report stated that the committee gave the suspension order in a letter it wrote to the commission on Thursday, October 7. sources said.

The letter was also copied to President Muhammadu Buhari to draw his attention to the situation.

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Unnamed sources quoted in the report said trouble began when the PSC decided to base the exercise on equal number per state, citing orders from above.

Meanwhile, other stakeholders are demanding that the commission restrict itself to the recruitment of cadet ASPs, which they cited as the PSC’s statutory responsibility.

They suggested that the Force Headquarters should handle the enlistment of those on inspectorate cadre and below.

But when contacted, the spokesman of the PSC Ikechukwu Ani, said the recruitment exercise had not been suspended.

According to him, the exercise is still on, even as he added that the commission had been partnering with the police on the recruitment into both the constable and senior officers cadre.

Six month months ago, President Muhammadu Buhari revealed that the reason the federal government is recruiting 10,000 police personnel is to tackle the issue of youth employment.

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Similarly, the senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, Senator Shehu Sani has hailed the police recruitment exercise, adding that it is a commendable step in addressing the manpower challenge of the Police force.

The PSC recruitment was broken down into:

1. 500 Cadet

2. 500 Assistant Superintendent of Police

3. 1,500 Cadet Inspectors

4. 7, 500 Constables

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