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Police recruitment deepens PSC, IGP crisis, Commission workers’ union wants Egbetokun sacked, expert seeks probe 

 

The row over the recent police recruitment deepened Wednesday  with workers in the Police Service Commission (PSC) faulting the position of the Inspector General of Police Kayode Egbetokun, and also accusing him of misrepresentation.

The specifically claimed Egbetokun misled President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and therefore demanded his immediate sack.

…IGP’s position

The IGP, had, Saturday, alleged the process was characterised by corruption and other irregularities, and therefore rejected the outcome of the recruitment process.

Egbetokun had said: “Upon careful scrutiny of the list released on the PSC portal, it was discovered that several names of persons purported to be names of successful candidates are those who did not even apply and therefore did not take part in the recruitment exercise.

“The published list contains several names of candidates who failed either the Computer Based Test (CBT) or the physical screening exercise or both.

“There are those who made it to the last stage of the exercise but were disqualified having been found medically unfit through the standardised medical test but who also made the list of successful candidates as published by the PSC.

“Most worrisome is the allegation of financial dealings and corrupt practices leading to the outcome where unqualified and untrainable individuals have been shortlisted.”

“The Inspector General of Police had on 10th June 2024 written a letter of objection to the list addressed to the Chairman of the Commission, citing the discoveries listed above.

“The reaction of the IGP was without prejudice to the power of the Commission to recruit for the police as ruled by the Supreme Court but this power does not include the power to recruit unqualified and untrained individuals for the police. Noting that it is the police that bear the brunt of recruitment of unqualified individuals and not the PSC. The same people who recruited anyhow for the police today will turn round to accuse the police tomorrow of inefficiency when their recruits start messing up.

“The Police therefore has since dissociated itself from the published list and called for a review that will be transparent and credible,” the FHQ further added.

..You goofed – PSC workers

But faulting the IGP’s position at a news conference Wednesday in Abuja, Chairman, Joint Union Congress of the Police Service Commission, Adoyi Augustine Adoyi, said the police boss was misleading President Tinubu and therefore called for his sack.

The union made the position known in a statement titled: “Re: “Police Confirms 2022 Constable Recruitment Process Marred with Irregularities, Alleged Corruption.”

They said:  “We begin this press conference with a clarion call on the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu to immediately, to relieve the IGP, Kayode Egbetokun of his appointment as IGP.

“Our concern comes from the fact that a public officer who misleads the president is causing confusion in the country and may lead to chaos which is antithetical to his duty as a police officer.

“His attitude has become only a replica of the biblical Haman who in deceiving his principal wanted to wipe out an entire nation but for the timely intervention of God. So we call on the president to responsibly relieve him of his duties for the following reasons.”

The statement said: “The attention of the Joint Union of the Staff of the Police Service Commission has been drawn to a Press Release with reference number CZ.5300/FPRD/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.6/178, dated June 15, 2024 and signed by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), on behalf of the Inspector General of Police. The said Press Statement is not only in bad state but diversionary.

“It is sad to note that despite the unambiguity in the powers of the Police Service Commission (PSC) as clearly spelt out by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the subsequent interpretation of such powers by the Supreme Court, the Nigeria Police Force will still not allow the Commission exercise its Constitutional powers to appoint persons into the Nigeria Police Force.

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