Police recruitment: Maintain status quo, court orders IG

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Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court on Monday, again, ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, to maintain status quo in respect of the interim order issued against the recruitment of 10,000 officers. The Police Service Commission had taken the Nigeria Police Force to court over the recruitment of 10,000 constables.

NAN reports that on October 23, Justice Ekwo ordered parties in the suit challenging the recruitment to stay any action in the interim. Ekwo held that this was necessary since parties had submitted themselves to court for settlement of the matter. The judge gave the order after Counsel to the PSC, Barth Ogar, told Justice Ekwo that in spite of the court’s order restraining the I-G from continue with the recruitment exercise.

“My Lord, in fact that the police has gone ahead to carry out the recruitment exercise in spite of the court’s order. ”The recruited officers have been asked to report to various Police Training Schools in the country,’’ he said.

However, Mr Alex Izinyon, SAN, Counsel to the IG, threatened to withdraw from the suit.

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