Court of appeal in Abuja has nullified the recruitment of 10,000 constables carried out by, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu in 2019.
In a unanimous judgment on Wednesday, a three-man panel of the appellate court led by Mr. Olabisi Ige, held that IGP lacked the power to make the recruitment for the police force.
The court held that the power to carry out the recruitment was exclusively that of Police Service Commission (PSC).
The judgment upturned the December 2, 2019 verdict of a federal high court in Abuja which upheld the powers of the IGP to carry out the said recruitment.
In a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1124/2019, filed before the high court in September 2019, PSC had argued that IGP by law has no role to play “in the appointment, promotion, dismissal or exercise of disciplinary measures over persons holding or aspiring to hold offices in the Nigeria Police Force”.
They prayed the court to nullify the recruitment process already commenced by NPF and the IGP.
But Mr. Inyang Ekwo, judge of federal high court, dismissed PSC’s case for lacking merit.
Ekwo noted that Section 71 of Nigeria Police Service Regulations, 1968, gave the power to enlist constables to the police council and the NPF under the control of IGP, and not PSC.
However, setting aside the judgment of the lower court, the court of appeal upheld the PSC’s case, resolving all the issues raised in its favour.
Ige, who read the judgment, held that the police regulation which purportedly conferred power on the IGP to recruit constables “is null and void being in conflict with the Constitutional powers vested in the Police Service Commission”.
Consequently, the court declared the recruitment carried out by IGP “null and void”.