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Police Recruitment Resumes As Senate, PSC Resolve Dispute

By Tony Nwanne

The recruitment of 10,000 personnel into the Nigeria Police Force that was suspended following a disagreement between the Senate and Police Service Commission (PSC) would soon resume.

Chairman Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina South), while addressing newsmen on Monday said that the disagreement 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.

He said the personnel to be recruited would form the foundation for the commencement of community policing in the country.

“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,” he said.

Ibrahim added that in the next three years, 30 personnel would be recruited per local government for the community policing programme.

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

The Senate had suggested that the recruitment be done on local government basis but the PSC insisted that it should be done per state.

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