The Court of Appeal in Abuja has nullified the recruitment of 10,000 constables in 2019 by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu.
The appellate court in a unanimous decision held that the IGP lacked the power to recruit constables for the police force and consequently nullified the said recruitment.
The Police Service Commission, PSC had approached the appellate court to challenge last year’s recruitment of 10,000 constables by Adamu.
However, delivering judgment in the appeal, a three-man panel of the appellate court led by Justice Olabisi Ige said that the power to carry out the recruitment was exclusively that of the Police Service Commission.
According to the appellate court, the word “appointment” used in the Constitution with respect to the powers conferred on the Police Service Commission included “the power of recruitment and or enlistment of recruit constables.
Justice Ige stated that the police regulation and provisions of the Police Act which purportedly vested the IGP the power of recruiting constables “is null and void being in conflict with the Constitutional powers vested in the Police Service Commission