Appeal court nullifies IG’s recruitment of 10000 constables
Appeal court nullifies IG’s recruitment of 10000 constables which was carried out last year.
The three-man panel of the court of appeal was led by Justice Olabisi Ige. There was a unanimous to nullify as it held that the IGP lacked the power to recruit.
The court of appeal held that the power to recruit was exclusively that of the PSC, Police Service Commission.
The Police Service Commission had on September, 2019 instituted a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1124/2019 in a battle with the IGP in order to get the exclusive right to recruit.
The commission had asked the Federal High Court judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, to nullify the process already commenced by the NPF and the IG.
The Judge however, had on 2 December had dismissed the case saying it lacked merit.
The Police Service Commission had through its lawyer, Chief Agbani Kanu appealed against the judgment.
Justice Ige upheld the PSC’s case by resolving all the issues raised in favour of the appellant, the PSC.
The court agreed that the “appointment” conferred on the PSC included “the power of recruitment and or enlistment of recruit constables”.
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