Court of Appeal nullifies recruitment of 10,000 Police Constables

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has declared the recruitment of 10,000 constables by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu in 2019 as null and void.

The Court of Appeal led by Justice Olabisi Ige unanimously held the IGP lacked the power to recruit constables for the Police Force.

Justice Olabisi Ige held that the power to carry out the recruitment was exclusively that of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

However, the judgment upturned the December 2, 2019 verdict of the Federal High Court in Abuja which validated the power of the IGP to proceed with the recruitment of 10,000 constables he embarked upon in 2019.

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Police Service Commission, in a superiority battle with the IGP, in September 2019, instituted the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1124/2019, in its bid to gain the exclusive right to conduct the recruitment process which the NPF and the IGP, had as of that time, almost concluded.

PSC asked the Federal High Court judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, to nullify the process already commenced by the NPF and the IGP

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