Yusuf Bello| The Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed the suit challenging the ongoing recruitment exercise of 10,000 police constables by the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
Justice Inyang Ekwo in a ruling on Monday, said the Police Service Council under the leadership of the Inspector General of Police remains the statutory body empowered to enlist constables into the force.
The judge accordingly, dismissed the suit filed by the Police Service Commission (PSC), challenging the power of the IGP to recruit personnel into the force for lacking in merit.
According to Ekwo, PSC was unable unable to prove that the recruitment usurps its powers.
He said, “Consequently, I hold that (it is) the police council under the Inspector General of Police that has the power to carry out recruitment into the police force. I hereby make an order dismissing the case for lacking in merit.”
It will be recalled that the Police Service Commission (PSC) took the IGP and the Nigeria Police Force to court over the recruitment of 10,000 constables as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Kanu Agabi (SAN) filed the suit onbehalf of the PSC.
The defendants in the suit are the Nigeria Police Force, the IGP, the Minister of Police Affairs, and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.