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  • Updated: June 16, 2024

HURIWA blasts IGP over Police recruitment 

HURIWA blasts IGP over Police recruitment 

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has faulted the Inspector-General of Police, IGP and the Police Service Commission, PSC, over the drama on recruitment of ten thousand constables as unnecessary.

The group in a statement on Sunday signed by it's National Coordinator Emmanuel Onwubiko said, at a time when insecurity is at its peak, the hierarchy of the police is busy engaging in superiority war with the PSC which is an independent oversight agency created by the Constitution to strengthen the integrity and credibility of the policing institution in Nigeria.

Onwubiko said, "We think the Police IGP should be concerned about correcting the inability of his police operatives to adequately protect Nigerians from criminals of all dimensions.

 "Yet we have a police inspector General whose focus is on who should be recruited or who should conduct recruitment exercise into the police even when the constitution and a decided case by the Supreme Court of Nigeria have answered such questions in support of the police service commission. 

HURIWA said it is a shame that, rather than the Police IG to applaud the PSC for being very professionally and ethical in carrying out the exercises in the history of policing in the country by the use of technology to conduct tests and other verifications, the IGP has, by his rejection of such a transparent and credible system, demonstrated disregard and disrespect for the nation's constitution and even the recent judgment of the nation's apex court which adjudged that the PSC has the legal mandate only to recruit police operatives into the Nigeria Police Force. 

HURIWA further denounced the recent public spat over the recruitment exercise, stating that it is a show of shame that the office of the Inspector General of Police should disrespect the constitution and the highest court in the land even when as the chief law enforcement officer, he ought to consider the provisions of the constitution far more superior than any contestation for relevance. 

"Our very honest counsel to the office of the IGP is to come down from the High horse and accept the legal fact that the Constitution has domiciled the powers of recruitment into the police force in the domain of the police service commission.

"The IGP is not the moral police that is to govern the process of police recruitment since he is incapable of exercising such power that he hasn't received from the constitution. 

"We read the toxic text of the press statement by the Force spokesman rejecting the list of police recruits and all that we see in the statement is the total disrespect and disregard for the constitution which has mandated the police service commission to recruit police operatives and the IGP has no role in the exercise of the powers of the police service commission and therefore it is illogical and a massive fallacy for the IGP whose office has nothing to do with the police service commission to now be the authority to say whether the process of recruiting of police operatives were wrong or right. 

"The rejection of the IGP of the list of police recruits is at best an exercise in futility, illegal and unconstitutional. If he has evidence of corruption in the recruitment exercise, then he should file a protest with the EFCC or ICPC but he has no power to reject the list of police recruits validly presented by the PSC which is a body permitted under the law to do so", Onwubuiko added.

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