Yesterday, in the recent police recruitment, Justice Inyang Ekwo of Court 5 of the Federal High Court in Abuja directed that the status quo be retained until the case before the court is decided.
In the case, the Police Service Commission (PSC) sued the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Police Affairs Minister as first, second and third respondents.
The Police Service Commission had requested an interlocutory injunction prohibiting the defendants, their officers and associates, and anyone or persons acting on their behalf, from hiring, recruiting or attempting to appoint or employ, by any means whatsoever, any person in the first defendant’s office until the substantive suit is heard and decided.
On October 23, 2019, when the matter came up for hearing, the court urged that all parties should stay within the bounds of the law until the matter is decided.
Lawyer to the three defendants, Dr Alex Izinyon (SAN), had sought that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) be joined in the suit as the fourth defendant.
Izinyon argued that the issue that brought the motion was the recruitment, which had passed, saying the NPF had concluded the recruitment of 10,000 constables.
However, on October 24, 2019, the NPF released the names of successful candidates for this year’s recruitment. A tweet on NPF’s verified twitter handle @PoliceNG monitored by The Nation reads: “List of successful candidates in the 2019 recruitment exercise into the Nigeria Police Force, 24 October 2019.
“The IGP has vetted and given approval for the release of the final and authenticated list of successful candidates who participated in the ongoing recruitment exercise into the Nigeria Police Force.
Follow the link below to access the list of successful candidates: https://www.npf.gov.ng/information/index.php.”