The Courtroom of Enchantment in Abuja has sacked the 10,000 constables recruited in 2019 by the Inspector Basic of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
A 3-man panel of the appellate court docket led by Justice Olabisi Ige unanimously nullified the recruitment, on the bottom that the IGP lacked the ability to recruit constables for the police power.
In accordance with the court docket, such powers to hold out the recruitment was completely that of the Police Service Fee, PSC.
Recall that the Police Service Fee had a yr in the past dragged the IGP to the court docket in a go well with marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1124/2019.
This was in an effort to have the unique proper to hold out the recruitment means of constables.
The PSC had prayed Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal Excessive Courtroom choose, to nullify the method which the Nigerian Police Pressure and the IGP had already commenced.
However the Federal Excessive Courtroom choose, in his ruling delivered on December 2, 2019, dismissed PSC’s case, saying that it lacked advantage.
However the Fee approached the appellate court docket by means of its lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), asking it to put aside the Federal Excessive Courtroom’s ruling.
Justice Ige, whereas delivering the lead judgment of the Courtroom of Enchantment yesterday, upheld the Police Service Fee’s case by resolving all the problems raised in favour of the appellant.
The Enchantment Courtroom agreed with Agabi that the phrase “appointment” used within the Structure with respect to the powers conferred on the PSC included “the ability of recruitment and or enlistment of recruit constables”.
Justice Ige and the others held that the police regulation and or provisions of the Police Act, which purportedly vested the IGP the ability of recruiting constables “is null and void being in battle with the Constitutional powers vested within the Police Service Fee”.
It, subsequently, declared the recruitment carried out by the IGP as “null and void”.
Earlier, the court docket had thrown apart the preliminary objection filed by the NPF, the IGP Adamu and the Minister of Police Affairs.