By Ayodele Oluwafemi
A civil rights group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to call the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the Police Service Commission, PSC, over the legal battle on the recruitment of 10,000 Constables.
HURIWA argued that it was “disgraceful, disturbing and embarrassing” that the two parties involved in the legal battle were under the authority of President Buhari.
Recall that the Appeal Court, last Wednesday, nullified the recruitment of 10,000 Constables by the IGP and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), carried out last year.
The Appeal Court set aside the judgement of the Federal High Court, arguing that the IGP and NPF do not have the rights to recruit Constables, as it is the function of the PSC.
However, IGP Adamu has taken the judgement to the Supreme Court.
Reacting, the group in a statement, signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and Director, National Media Affairs, Zainab Yusuf, noted that it was a waste of public fund for the IGP to go ahead to the Supreme Court.
HURIWA said, “The fact that the President of Nigeria controls the police Inspector General of Police constitutionally and the Police Service Commission reports to the office of the President who is the appointing authority of both the Police Service Commission and the Inspector General of Police shows the President’s clear leadership incapacity and weakness to control just two departments under his office leading to bitter public spat and legal conflict that has dragged on for months and is costing the public multimillion Naira funds in legal fees and other logistics.
“Neither the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu nor the PSV headed by ex IGP Musiliu Smith is using the internal legal departments of those institutions but have dolled out millions of cash as lawful legal fees to private legal practitioners led by Senior Advocates of Nigeria.
“Therefore, there is no need to further extend the quarrel between the Inspector General of Police and the Police Service Commission. Hence we urge the President; His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari(GCFR) to call the two departments to order for the sake of his credibility and the preservation of the integrity of the Office of the President of Nigeria.
“Unless respect to the authority of the president of Nigeria means nothing to the President in which case the National Assembly and the National Police Council and Council of State should save Nigeria frim this international show of shame and the consequential opprobrium the meaningless litigation brings to corporate Nigeria in the comity of nations.”