After much deliberation, the Police Service Commission (PSC) and Senate have resolved to allow the current recruitment of 10,000 policemen on the basis of local government structure and principle of equality that will witness the recruitment of nine candidates from each local government area as against the earlier plan of equality per state.
The recruitment had earlier been suspended following a clash between the Senate and the PSC.
The Senate had, in a letter four weeks ago, asked the PSC to suspend the recruitment over alleged irregularities in the criteria adopted.
The legislators had sought that the recruitment be done on local government but the PSC insisted that it should be done on state basis.
However, during a press briefing on Monday, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina-South), revealed that the clash had been resolved and that the commission could now continue with the recruitment.
“We have resolved the issue and the recruitment would be done on local government basis. Very soon the exercise will resume,“ he told journalists in Abuja.
The lawmaker stated that the new intakes would form the foundation for the commencement of community policing in the country.
He said, “Nine personnel would be recruited per local government area. The policemen would be used to form a unit for community policing in all the 774 local government areas of the country.”
Senator Ibrahim also revealed that in the next three years, 30 personnel would be recruited per local government for the community policing exercise to enhance effective policing in the country.