There has been an outbreak of fresh bickering between the Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman, and the Police Service Commission over police recruitment exercise.
PSC had opened its portal for the recruitment of police constable for the year 2022 and placed an advert on the recruitment in some national dailies.
But the police high command in its response to the development, advised Nigerians to disregard the PSC advertisement.
Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on Monday, said the NPF knew nothing about the PSC advertisement, declaring it as being at variance and not in tandem with the police recruitment process.
According to the statement, “The Nigeria Police Force wishes to inform well-meaning members of the public that it has not commenced the 2022 police constables recruitment into the Nigeria Police Force contrary to a publication on Page 21 of Daily Sun Newspaper of Thursday August 11, 2022 by the Police Service Commission (PSC).
“The police similarly state unequivocally that the advert has no connection with the Nigeria Police Force nor is it in tandem with the police recruitment process, and should be disregarded in all its entirety. The website to which the publication refers intending candidates – http://www.recruitment.psc.gov.ng – is not associated with the Nigeria Police Force.
“The Nigeria Police Force hereby calls on all stakeholders and intending applicants to discountenance the information in both the newspaper and on the portal as the website is not the official portal for Police Constables recruitment.
“The Nigeria Police Force thereby assures well-meaning Nigerians that the commencement of the 2022 recruitment exercise will be announced via the official police e-recruitment website – https://policerecruitment.gov.ng, the Nigeria Police Force official website – https://www.npf.gov.ng, and advertisements on national dailies and official police social media accounts as and when due.”
Recall that Baba’s predecessor and immediate past IGP, Mohammed Adamu, and the PSC Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, were locked in battle over which body is legally empowered to carry out recruitment process.
PSC had dragged the former IGP and the Force to court for conducting the recruitment exercise of 10,000 constables in 2019.