Police recruitment: Court fixes Dec 4 for judgment

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has fixed December 4, 2019, for judgment in the legal tussle between the Police Service Commission (PSC), Inspector General of Police (IGP) and others in the alleged recruitment of 10,000 Police Constables.

While the PSC is the plaintiff, the IGP, Muhammed Adamu, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Attorney General Force (AGF) are defendants in the case.

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, the presiding Judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo enjoined parties in the suit to adopt their final written addresses.

While opening his argument, Counsel to the IGP, Dr Alex Izinyon (SAN) maintained that the power to recruit police constables is vested with the IGP and urged the court to dismiss the PSC counsel’s argument, saying it amounts to being frivolous and scandalous.

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Countering, counsel to PSC, Kanu Agabi (SAN) objected to Izinyon’s argument and submissions, insisting that the PSC and not IGP is constitutionally saddled with the responsibility of carrying out such exercise.

Meanwhile, at the last hearing, Justice Ekwo, adjourned the case at the instance of the PSC in order to allow its counsel to respond to the counter-affidavit.

According to the judge, the development was to allow Agabi to respond to the counter-affidavit.

The PSC had dragged the Nigeria Police Force to court over the recruitment of 10,000 constables.

In the motion on notice filed on September 24, the commission is praying the court for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants from, “Appointing, recruiting or attempting to appoint or recruit by any means whatsoever any person into any office by the NPF pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.”

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