Pressure from Senate forces PSC to suspend police recruitment

 Immense pressure from the Senate has forced the Police Service Commission (PSC) to suspend the ongoing recruitment of 10,000 personnel into the Nigeria Police Force, Punch reports.

It was learnt that the commission was about to finalise the recruitment when the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris recalled top police officers in the panel.

It was gathered that the IG acted due to pressure from the Senate who wanted the recruitment to be based on local government and not state.

The Senate Committee on Police had written a letter to the Presidency arguing that the recruitment should be determined by local governments.

A source, however, said the real reason for the committee’s demand was to ensure that the recruitment favoured the geo-political zones with more local government areas in the country.

The source stated, “The Police Service Commission did not suspend the recruitment on account of the letter from the Senate; we don’t report to the Senate.

“The exercise was suspended because the IG recalled the police representatives at the meeting to finalise the exercise and since we need to carry the police along, the commission decided to suspend it until the issues raised are resolved.”

The Head, Media and Public Relations, PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, confirmed the suspension of the recruitment.

“We have suspended the recruitment; that is all I can say for now,” he said. 

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