The Federal High Court in Abuja has upheld the power of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Police Council to control the recruitment of constables into the NPF under the leadership of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
This judgment was passed by Justice Inyang Ekwo, who shelved the lawsuit filed by the Police Service Commission to contest the power of the NPF and the IGP to execute the ongoing recruitment processes of 10,000 police constables.
Justice Ekwo maintained that the PSC’s case was void of merit, as he explained that the NPF was constitutionally provided with the rights of organization and administration of the police force in which enrolment of constables was enlisted.
The judge stated that the constitutional provision of rights to enlist constables was located in section 71 of the Nigeria Police Service Regulations with the power vested on the IGP and not the PSC.
He added that the PSC only had the enabling power to appoint police constables after the enlistment processes had been concluded by the NPF as opposed to the commission’s argument on the definition of “appointment” and “recruitment” which only applied in the civil service.
The judge further noted that the PSC was guilty of the allegations levelled against the IGP and NPF as regards the commandeering of power for enlistment exercises.