10,000 constables: IGP information recent attraction at Supreme Court docket
The Inspector-Common of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, has filed new 20 grounds of attraction in opposition to the September 30, 2020 judgment of the Abuja Division of the Court docket of Enchantment which overturned the recruitment of 10,000 constables carried out by him and the Nigeria Police Pressure final yr.
The recent discover of attraction filed on the Supreme Court docket on Thursday incorporates the sooner one containing solely three grounds of attraction filed earlier filed by the IG together with the NPF and the Federal Ministry of Police Affairs, on October 2.
The appellants, had by way of their lawyer, Dr. Alex Izinyon (SAN), filed together with their unique discover of attraction an utility urging the Supreme Court docket to order the keep of execution of the judgment of the Court docket of Enchantment.
The three-man panel of the Court docket of Enchantment led by Justice Olabisi Ige had within the contested judgment unanimously held that the IG and the NPF lacked the ability to recruit the constables.
It had held that the ability to hold out the recruitment was completely that of the Police Service Fee.
The attraction courtroom not solely put aside the sooner judgment of the Federal Excessive Court docket, Abjua, which had validated the IG’s energy of recruitment, it additionally nullified the precise recruitment of the ten,000 constables carried out by the IG.
However of their new discover of attraction with 20 grounds filed on Thursday, the appellants’ lawyer argued amongst others, that the ability of the NPF and the IG to enlist the recruit constables was distinct from the ability of the PSC to nominate them.
He faulted the Court docket of Enchantment’s determination that the Nigeria Police Rules 1968 conferring the ability of “enlistment of recruit constables” conferred on the NPF was inconsistent with the Nigerian Structure.
However the senior lawyer maintained that part 71 of the Police Regulation, 1968 was not synonymous with the ability of “appointment” used within the Nigerian Structure or the Police Service Fee (Institution) Act.
“The ability to enlist recruit constables conferred on the first appellant (NPF) is distinct and isn’t the identical perform conferred on the first respondent (PSC),” Izinyon argued.
He added that the process for enlistment of recruit constables was particularly offered in part 76 – 106 of the Nigeria Police Rules, including that the PSC “will not be conferred with absolute energy or any energy howsoever described to enlist recruit constables into the first appellant (NPF)”.
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