The Court of Appeal sitting on September 30, 2020, returned the Constitutional powers of the PSC to appoint persons into the Nigeria Police Force, setting aside an earlier Federal High Court ruling which validated the power of the IGP to proceed with the recruitment exercise.
A three-man panel of the Court of Appeal led by Justice Olabisi Ige unanimously held that the IGP lacked the power to recruit constables for the police force, adding that the power to carry out the recruitment was exclusively that of the PSC.
The commission in a press statement by the Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, in Abuja, said: “The Commission sees the judgment as victory for the rule of law and has always believed in the supremacy of the law.
The Commission is happy with the judgment and will continue to work with the Nigeria Police Force for the collective good of the nation.”
According to Ani, “The Commission has continued to receive several calls on the fate of the 2019 and the on-going 2020 recruitment into the Constable cadre of the Nigeria Police Force already declared null and void by the judgment.
“The Commission will soon meet to take a decision on the implications of the judgment and the way forward. It will continue to ensure that its operations are guided by established laws.”