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PSC Halts Police Recruitment Exercise

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By Ebitonye Akpodigha

The Police Service Commission (PSC) may have put a hold to the final phase of selecting 10,000 candidates for recruitment into the Nigeria Police.

This, according to New Telegraph, is due to pressure from some National Assembly members backing the suspension of the exercise.

It would be recalled that several Nigerians applied for the 10,000 jobs advertised by the PSC from across the country.

There had been questions as to why the PSC has not given jobs to the qualified candidates.

New Telegraph reports that the exercise may have been suspended over alleged demand that the Commission adopt the “local government by local government” arrangement, but the PSC prefers the “state-by-state” tradition in fulfilment to the federal character principle.

Investigations further revealed that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, had allegedly written to the PSC, wherein he was said to have reminded the Commission that it (PSC) has since ceded the power to recruit Constables to the Police.

It was learnt that the Commission had ceded that responsibility to the Force Headquarters, but with the understanding that it will be carried out in conjunction with the PSC.

This was even as it was alleged that some officers working with the Commission in Jigawa State, where the commissioners and the Chairman, Sir Mike Okiro, had temporarily relocated to, were allegedly withdrawn.

Mr Okiro and his commissioners were said to have moved to Jigawa State to stave-off pressure, thereby selecting the “best” for the Police.

One of the sources, who spoke in confidence with this newspaper (New Telegraph), said the chairman and other commissioners have since left Jigawa.

“I’m not speaking to you officially, but I want to inform you that the Commission has suspended the last phase, which is the final selection of the 10,000 successful candidates for training.

“The suspension – please note this – of this phase, is because the signals the Commission is getting is not clear at all. Some highly placed personalities are insisting that the local government-by-local government arrangement be adopted.”

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

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