At last, Senate lifts suspension on police recruitment

policeThe recruitment of 10,000 personnel into the Nigeria Police will now continue as the Senate has lifted its suspension on the exercise.

The new condition is that the new policemen will be employed based on their local government areas and would be deployed in their communities.

The recruitment was suspended following a clash between the Senate and the Police Service Commission.

The Senate had, in a letter four weeks ago, asked the PSC to suspend the recruitment over alleged irregularities in the criteria adopted.

The lawmakers had asked that the recruitment be done on local government but the PSC insisted that it should be done on state basis.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina-South), however, told journalists in Abuja on Monday that the commission could now continue with the recruitment.

Ibrahim announced that the clash between the Senate and the PSC had been resolved.

“We have resolved the issue and the recruitment would be done on local government basis. Very soon, the exercise will resume,” he said.

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.”

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