Allegations of ‘injustice’, ‘favouritism’ trails police recruitment process

There have been concerns over the credibility of the recruitment of 10,000 personnel into the Nigerian Police Force – which was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The force is expected to recruit 500 Cadet Assistant Superintendents of Police(ASPs), 500 Cadet Inspectors, 1,500 Specialist Officers and 7, 500 Constables as selected by the Police Service Commission.

This implies that each state is supposed to have no fewer than 13 Cadet ASPs, 13 Cadet Inspectors, 40 Specialists and 202 constables.

Meanwhile, the Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has charged the newly decorated Deputy Inspectors General (DIGs) to key into the present administration’s focus on fighting corruption, reviving the economy and tackling insecurity.

Those who feel aggrieved over the recruitment have insisted that the federating states should be the basis for allocation of the slots and not local governments.

The PSC’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani said, “The Federal Character Principle would be applied in the recruitment process. Whatever the principle says, the commission will adhere to it. We are for now taking all the successful candidates to the next level.”

According to the Federal Character Act, “the local governments shall be equitably represented. Thus, the formula for sharing and distribution of posts among the local council areas shall be as specified or on the basis of Senatorial districts as appropriate with a percentage range of between 30 and 35.”

Ani told The Guardian that, “the reports of the screening in states are not yet out so we are yet to compile names or even know who comes from which part of the country, but we know that the right thing would be done.”

According to a lawyer, Cosmas Akighir, the concept of Federal Character as stipulated is not equitable, because it favours states with the higher number of local councils.

“The delineation is not favourable to some states. For instance Bayelsa with eight local governments has a percentage sharing range of 10 to 14, while Borno state with 27 local governments has a range of three to five.”

“In this wise, the lesser the better but where allocation of jobs is concerned, such as in the ongoing recruitment, such states will be disadvantaged,” he said.

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