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Senate confirms Argungu as Police Service Commission chair

On Thursday, the Senate confirmed the nomination of DIG Hashimu Salihu Argungu (Rtd) as the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

The confirmation, which was based on a report submitted by Senator Abdulhamid Ahmed of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, also included the confirmation of Onyemuche Nnamani as Secretary and Fredrick Taiwo Lakanu as a member of the Commission.

The appointment of Argungu by President Bola Tinubu on June 10 marked a pivotal moment for the PSC, following a period of operational challenges and leadership transitions.

Argungu takes over from former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, who was appointed in January 2023 by former President Muhammadu Buhari.

During the Senate proceedings, immediate past President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, highlighted the critical issue of manpower shortfall within the Nigeria Police Force, citing a deficit of 20,000 recruits over the past two years. He attributed this shortfall to a prolonged dispute between the PSC and police leadership regarding the recruitment of constables.

Senator Godswill Akpabio, the current President of the Senate, expressed his disappointment over the need for Supreme Court intervention to resolve disputes between the Police and the PSC.

He emphasized the importance of confirming the new PSC leadership to prevent further clashes and ensure effective governance within the law enforcement sector.

The confirmation of Argungu, Nnamani, and Lakanu is expected to bring stability to the PSC and facilitate the resolution of longstanding issues that have affected police recruitment and operations in Nigeria.

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