Court Adjourns Police Service Commission’s Suit Challenging IGP’s Powers

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has fixed the November 20, 2019 for hearing in the suit filed by the Police Service Commission (PSC) challenging the powers of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim to recruit constables into the Force.

At the resumed hearing, Lawyer to the Plaintiff, Kanu Agabi informed the court that he needs time to respond to the processes of the Attorney General of the Federation, who was recently dragged into the suit by Alex Izinyon representing the IGP.

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Agabi’s request for an adjournment was supported by Izinyon and based on the consensus of both parties.

Justice Inyang Ekwo therefore adjourned the suit to November 20.

In the suit, the Police Service Commission (PSC) had sued the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Minister of Police Affairs challenging the powers of the IGP to recruit constables without recourse to the Commission.

The PSC sought an interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants, their officers and representatives, including anybody or person acting on their behalf from appointing, recruiting or attempting to appoint or recruit by any means whatsoever any person into any office in the first defendant pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

Izinyon had also argued that the issue that brought the motion was the recruitment, which had passed, since the NPF had concluded the recruitment of 10,000 constables.

Nine Police Officers Dismissed, Six Others Demoted For Misconduct

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The Police Service Commission (PSC) has dismissed nine senior police officers and demoted six others for different cases of misconduct.

It also approved the severe punishment for five officers and serious reprimand for another five.

According to the commission, the decision was reached following the outcome of its fifth plenary meeting.

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The meeting held in Abuja on March 26 and 27, and was presided over by the PSC Chairman and retired Inspector General of Police, Musiliu Smith.

The nine officers dismissed include Abdul Ahmed, a Superintendent of Police (SP) who would also be prosecuted, as well as Adamu Abare, another SP who also had his promotion from SP to CSP withdrawn before his dismissal.

Others are DSP Osondu Christian, DSP Samson Ahmidu, and DSP Pius Timiala, who would be prosecuted and whose promotion from DSP to SP was withdrawn.

Four ASPs – Agatha Usman, Esther Yahaya, Idris Shehu, and Usman Dass, were also dismissed for various wrongdoings.

On the other hand, Oluwatoyin Adesope and Mansir Bako were demoted from SP to DSP, while Gbenle Mathew, Tijani Saifullahi, Sadiq Idris and Alice Abbah were reduced from the rank of DSP to ASP.

One officer, CP Austin Agbonlahor, was, however, exonerated.

The commission asked the acting IGP, Mr Mohammed Adamu, to give detailed information on the punishment awarded to other officers mentioned in the Police Investigation Reports involving SP Abare, with regards to irregularities in the conduct of the 2011 Recruitment Exercise.

It said it has conveyed its decisions to the police boss through a letter signed by the Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Commission, Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri, for implementation.

PSC To Deploy 400 Officers To Monitor Conduct Of Policemen On Electoral Duties

The Police Service Commission says it is sending 400 Monitors to the 36 States of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, to monitor the conduct of Police Men on electoral duties during the 2019 General Elections.

In a statement on Tuesdays, a spokesperson for the commission, Ikechukwu Ani, said the monitors are expected to leave Abuja tomorrow, Wednesday, February 13th, 2019.

The commission’s monitors will be armed with its guidelines for the conduct of Officers on electoral duty and the Officers’ conduct during the elections will be assessed based on the guidelines.

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Ani said the commission has also procured dedicated telephone lines for all the states of the Federation where the electorates and other citizens can access its monitors to complain or commend the conduct of the police, the lead security Agency, for the elections.

The dedicated lines are: Abia; 07087971417; Adamawa; 08083283429; Anambra 09060242915; Akwa Ibom, 08023313250; Bauchi, 08155618915; Bayelsa; 09072933330; Benue; 07064477489; Bornu; 07010717323; Cross Rivers; 08037002162; Delta 08173918368; Ebonyi; 08107984407; Edo; 07088882376; Ekiti; 08023609059; Enugu; 08053399365; Gombe; 08112210442; Imo; 08033326666; Jigawa; 09025788444; Kaduna; 08178246464; Kano; 07085479495; Katsina; 08025056517; Kebbi; 08076791608; Kogi; 08090976725; Kwara; 08054970152; Lagos; 08023081301; Nasarawa; 08169464872; Niger; 08068166910; Ogun; 08065265651; Ondo; 08072981057; Osun; 08035954253; Oyo; 08023677969; Plateau; 09052929150; Rivers; 08021001313; Sokoto; 08034984841; Taraba; 08099352527; Yobe; 08036124586; Zamfara; 08096720807; and FCT; 07037002990.

PSC said the electorates can also follow the Commission on its twitter handle; @POLICESERVICEC2 for updates on the monitoring of police conduct during the elections.

The National Coordinator for the exercise and Chairman of the Commission, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector- General of Police, said the Police Officers on electoral duties have a responsibility of ensuring that peaceful atmosphere are maintained at the polling and counting centers during the elections and that citizens exercise their franchise without fear of coercion, intimidation, violence or manipulation.

The Chairman expects all officers to be at alert, approachable, professional and ensure fairness and firmness.

Police Service Commission Approves Promotion Of 3,665 Officers, Others

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The Police Service Commission has approved the promotion of 3,665 senior Police officers.

In a statement on Wednesday the Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, said the promotion was one of the high points of the Commission’s 28th Plenary Meeting which ended in Abuja on Friday, June 8, 2018.

According to the police, the plenary session was the last official function of the Dr. Mike Mbama Okiro PSC Board whose tenure came to an end on Monday, June 11, 2018.

Two Commissioners of Police, Igbodo O. David, Cp, Legal, Force Headquarters and Olalekan Abdulfatai, CP, Works also of Force Headquarters were promoted substantive Assistant Inspectors General of General.

Sixteen Deputy Commissioners of Police were also promoted to Commissioners of Police.

They include DCP Wakili Maye and DCP Kurawa Abdullahi Sarki.

The Commission also approved the promotion of 13 Assistant Commissioners of Police to Deputy Commissioners, sixty Chief Superintendents of Police to Assistant Commissioners and 631 Superintendents of Police to Chief Superintendents.

Among those promoted to ACP were Msheliza Simi Masomene, Samuel Osman Onoja of Police College, Oji River, Enugu State, Lateef Adio Ahmed and Umar Kabir among others, while promoted CSPs included Adekunle Char Ige, Bassey Essang, Liman Salisu Sulaiman and Emmanuel Adam.

The Commission approved the promotion of 820 Deputy Superintendents of Police to substantive Superintendents.

They include Ola Rosanla, Yusuf Abdulmumini and John Alesagba.

Others, whose promotions were approved by the Commission, were 1,922 Assistant Superintendents of Police, ASPs, promoted to Deputy Superintendents.

They Include ASP Chijioke Ogbodo, Divisional Police Officer, Umumba, in Enugu State, Arukwe Edward and Ozochi Amaechi Marcel, Area Crime Officer, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State
201 Inspectors were promoted to Assistant Superintendent of police.

The Commission also approved confirmation of appointments of 42 officers of different ranks, approved acting appointment for another 73 and converted 1,060 Specialists to General Duty.

The promotions have been forwarded to the Inspector General of Police for implementation in a letter signed by Mr Musa Isitifanus, Permanent Secretary/ Secretary to the Commission.

Police To Begin Recruitment Of 6,000 Personnel Monday

Police To Begin Recruitment Of 6,000 Personnel Monday
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The recruitment of 6,000 Nigerians into the Nigeria Police Force as constables will commence on Monday, May 7.

A statement from the Police Service Commission (PSC) on Thursday revealed that the exercise would take place in the 36 State Police Command Headquarters across the country, as well as the Federal Capital Territory.

The Head of PSC Press and Public Relations, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, who signed the statement noted that the exercise would start with the screening of the applicants’ physical attributes and their credentials.

Already, invitations have been sent to the applicants who are expected to report at the screening venues on days indicated in their invitations.

A total of 133, 324 applicants are expected to be screened during the exercise.

Kaduna State has the highest number of applicants with a total of 6962, while Lagos has the least with a total of 1013.

Katsina with a total of 6676 has the second highest applicants, followed by Benue and Niger with 6474 and 6409 respectively.

Bayelsa has the second least of 1097 applicants and it’s being trailed by Anambra which has 1117 and Ebonyi with 1303.

The Police Commission has deployed its staff to the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT with the PSC Chairman, Dr Mike Okiro, as the national coordinator of the recruitment.

Addressing the staff on Wednesday in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Commission, Mr Musa Istifanus, had warned them that the PSC would not hesitate to sanction any staff found to be compromising the national assignment.

“All staff must resist all forms of undue influences as their activities would be closely monitored”, he said.

Istifanus also warned the applicants to conduct themselves properly, adding that anybody that has nothing to do with the exercise should not be found within the vicinity of the screening.

Police Commission Approves Dismissal Of ASP, Reinstates Five Officers

Police Commission Approves Dismissal Of ASP, Reinstates Five Officers

 

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the dismissal of an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) over issues bordering on “serious misconduct”.

A statement by the PSC Head of Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, on Friday revealed that the commission also approved the compulsory retirement of another ASP.

These were part of the decisions of the PSC at its 26th plenary meeting presided over by the chairman of the commission, Dr Mike Okiro.

The commission also vacated the dismissal of five police officers and reinstated them into the service.

It also reinstated and promoted to the next rank, one DSP, and two ASPs, following their discharge and acquittal by the court.

Similarly, the PSC vacated the pending disciplinary matter against DCP Godwin Nwobodo, adjusted his seniority, and promoted him to the rank of a Commissioner of Police with effect from January 30th, 2013.

Nwobodo, who enlisted as a Cadet ASP on December 31, 1984, was a former AC Operations, Rivers State, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Interpol FCIID, and a United Nations Police Officer (UNPOL) in Kosovo and Haiti.

He is currently the Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations, Osun State.

Other decisions taken by the commission include the reduction in rank of two DSPs and one ASP, severe reprimand for one SP, one DSP and two ASPs, while two CSPs and three SPs got the punishment of reprimand.

The Commission exonerated one ACP and approved a letter of advice for another ACP.

According to the statement, the decisions on Pending Disciplinary Matters and Appeals and Petitions were conveyed to the Inspector General of Police on Friday for implementation in a letter signed by the PSC secretary, Mr Musa Istifanus.

Five Police Officers Accused Of Killing Boko Haram Founder Reinstated

Five Police Officers Accused Of Killing Boko Haram Founder Reinstated
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Five Nigerian police officers who were accused of killing Boko Haram’s founder Mohammed Yusuf while in their custody have been reinstated, a police oversight body said on Monday.

The officers were charged with committing a terrorist act and unlawfully killing the Islamist group’s spiritual leader during days of unrest in the northeast city of Maiduguri in July 2009.

The clashes, in which about 800 Boko Haram followers were killed, prompted an escalation in violence that has since left at least 20,000 dead and made over 2.6 million more homeless.

A judge in Abuja in late December 2015 acquitted the police on the grounds the prosecution could not establish a case against them. The ruling attracted little publicity at the time.

A spokesman for the Police Service Commission, Ikechukwu Ani, confirmed a report in the Daily Trust newspaper that the officers were now back on the beat.

“It is true. They have all been reinstated. The Police Service Commission acted upon a memo sent to it by the inspector general of police,” he told AFP.

“The memo was accompanied with the court orders that they should be reinstated. The court acquitted them of all the charges and we have no choice but to obey the orders of court.”

Amaechi Nwaokolo, a Nigeria security analyst at the Roman Institute for International Studies in Abuja, said the acquittal and reinstatement was “a source of concern”.

Boko Haram has long used the fact that no-one has been prosecuted or convicted for Yusuf’s death as a reason for its armed struggle, he argued.

“This development will further give Boko Haram a tool for recruitment and radicalisation of its ranks by using it to show the lack of justice it has been preaching,” he said.

“Extra-judicial killings by state security apparatus give terrorist groups the needed tool and justification to recruit others and carry out terrorist acts as retaliation.

“It was the killing of Yusuf that led to the escalation of the violence and the degeneration of the conflict to the level we have today.”

Nigeria’s security services have been repeatedly accused of abuses against civilians during the insurgency, including arbitrary arrests and extra-judicial killing.

Many civilians have been held for years without access to lawyers or being brought to court.

Last week, 475 were released from custody after it was found there was not enough evidence to prosecute them, at mass trials of suspects at a military facility in central Niger state.

A total of 468 others were freed last October. Taken together, they account for more than half of those on trial.

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PSC Commends Police After Anambra Governorship Election

The Police Service Commission has expressed satisfaction with the conduct of police officers during the Governorship election held in Anambra State today, November 18.

The Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani in a statement on Saturday said a team of 16 members and Staff of the Commission, comprising five Commissioners and 11 monitors were in Anambra State to monitor the conduct of police Officers on electoral duties during the election.

‘’The team visited six local governments across the three Senatorial zones of the State where it observed a highly improved deployment of policemen during the election. The Policemen on duties were civil, polite and friendly in the performance of their duties,’’

Ani said the team visited polling Units in Agulu, Onitsha, Awka, Ihiala, Anaocha and Aguleri. The team was also in Okija and Abagana, adding that the major roads in Anambra State were manned by either different formations of the Nigeria Police Force or the Military.

The Nigeria Police Force said it deployed 26,000 men and women for the exercise.

We Have No Power To Punish IGP Over ‘Rot’ In Police – PSC

The Police Service Commission has absolved itself of blame for the alleged rot in the Nigerian Police Force, especially as it does not have the powers to discipline the Inspector-General of Police.

As a result of its limited powers, the PSC says the IGP ignores its recommendations, which makes it difficult for the commission to push through reforms that could have repositioned the police and address major issues.

“It is common knowledge that the Constitution which gave the Commission the powers to appoint, promote and discipline also did not extend the powers to discipline an IGP who refuses to implement decisions on these powers,” the PSC said in a statement by its Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani.

The statement was in reaction to an interview that Aisha Tosan, the Producer of a television programme Crime Fighters, granted to Saturday Vanguard.

In the interview, Tosan alleged that there was massive corruption in the Police – especially with regard to promotions in the force – and faulted the Police Service Commission for failing to intervene.

But the PSC explained that it was not to blame due to its limited powers.

It said, “The Powers of the Commission are stated in paragraph 30, Part 1 of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution, thus; “the Commission shall have powers to: (a) appoint persons to offices (other than the office of the Inspector General of Police) in the Nigeria Police Force; and (b) dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over persons holding any office referred to in sub-paragraph (a).”

It added, “On postings of command CPs, the commission naturally allows the IGP who works with these officers and who knows their operational capabilities to recommend to it. And on special promotions, the Commission has given the IGP guidelines that should govern his recommendations.”

Insisting it would not be a rubber stamp, the PSC said, “All recommendations to the Commission on this issue, has been put on hold until he (the IGP) complies with these guidelines”.

The commission assured Nigerians that it would not compromise its Constitutional mandate to appoint, promote and discipline officers.

To sanitise the Nigerian Police, the PSC called for more powers to protect its decisions and to discipline the IGP.

“The Commission, however, can do more with a Constitutional provision that allows it protect its decisions. It is also common knowledge that most times its decisions are not implemented by the IGP since constitutionally the Commission cannot discipline the IGP,” it said.

“The Commission wishes to advise that in this current move to sanitise the Nigeria Police Force, efforts should not be wasted in unnecessary witch hunt, rather it should be channelled into identifying the source/sources of the problems/drawbacks with the intention of putting it right.”

Police Service Commission Invites Misau Over Retirement Letter

Isah Misau

The Police Service Commission has summoned the Chairman of Senate Committee on Navy, Senator Isah Misau, over the authenticity of his retirement letter from the Nigeria Police Force.

Senator Misau had accused the police of taking bribes, while the Force declared him a deserter who left the police as a serving Deputy Superintendent to contest for senatorial election.

According to a statement from the Commission on Wednesday, the lawmaker has been asked to appear before its special panel investigating allegations surrounding the recommendations on special promotions in the police.

The invitation was contained in a letter signed by the Chairman of the panel and a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice O. Adekeye; titled, “Re: Retirement from the Nigeria Police Force of AP 57300 DSP Mohammed Isah Hamma – Invitation to appear before Police Service Commission Panel.”

The letter explained, “Immediate issue for investigation is the genuineness or otherwise of the two letters of retirement supposed to have emanated from the Police Service Commission in connection with this retirement”.

The Commission said it received correspondence from the Special Investigation Panel (SIP) at the Force Headquarters, dated August 28, 2017, relating to the Misau’s retirement from the police.

The letter stated that the Commission is the only organ saddled with the statutory responsibility of issuing letters of retirement to all police officers, “except the IGP has a vital role to play in determining the authenticity of this letter.”

Senator Misau is invited to appear before the panel with the original copy of his letter of retirement for authentication by 11.00am on Wednesday, September 6.

PSC Approves Promotion, Postings Of AIGs

Police, PSCThe Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the promotion and posting of 18 Commissioners of Police to the rank of Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs).

A statement by the Commission’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, disclosed that the PSC also approved the postings of  four other AIGs earlier promoted.

The Commission on Saturday explained that 12 of the AIGs are to man the 12 Police Zonal Commands while the remaining 10 would head Police special formations such as Operations, Training, Police Academy, Info-Tech, Investment, Maritime and others.

“The Commissioner of Police Kaduna State, Ibrahim Adamu, is now AIG, Zone 1, Abdulmajid Ali, CP, Ogun State, AIG, Zone 2 and Usman Tilli, AIG Border is now AIG zone 3.

“AIG Dorathy A. Gimba retains her Command of the Investment Formation, AIG Mohammed K. Mohammed, SPU and Mohammed Musa Katsina moved from Maritime to DS, NIPSS.

“AIG Katsina will be replaced at the Maritime Desk by Paul Okafor, CP Benue State,” the statement said.

37 Commissioners of Police including nine Deputy Commissioners of Police also had their promotions approved by the commission and 16 of these commissioners retained their commands.

Former Inspector General of Police now Chairman of the PSC;  Dr. Mike Okiro, said the promotions and postings were in line with the Commission’s resolve to re-position the Nigeria Police Force for better performance.

He congratulated the officers and challenged them to be hardworking and dedicated to their duty, failing to do that the Commission will hold any of them personally responsible for any failure in the discharge of their duties.

He also asked them to rededicate themselves to the service of their nation and abide by the rules and regulations guiding Police work, stressing the need to hold their leadership positions with the fear of God and fairness to all parties.

IGP Idris Inaugurates Police Management Team

Ibrahim Idris, PoliceThe acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has inaugurated a new management team of the Nigeria Police Force.

Speaking on Monday in ‎Abuja while decorating the newly promoted Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, Mr Idris called on the Police to be responsive to the needs of the citizens.

He asked them to remain focused in providing leadership that would enhance effective policing in Nigeria.

The Police chief advised the Police personnel to perform their constitutional and statutory roles with integrity and accountability.

A retired IGP and Chairman, Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro, commented on the recent retirement of 21 officers who were senior to the current IGP.

He asked that the matter should not be misinterpreted because the practice of retiring Police officers who are senior to a newly appointed IG had been in existence before now.

The Minister of Interior, General Abdulrahman Dambazau (Rtd), on his part advised the new Police boss to remain focused on his assignment.

“Enhancing security, revitalizing the economy and tackling corruption, you have roles to play in all three,” he said.