Nullification of 10,000 Constable Recruitment: Supreme Court Intervenes/Nigerians React
Nullification of 10,000 Constable Recruitment: Supreme Court Intervenes/Nigerians React: Appeal Court Declares Police Act 2020 Illegal, Nullifies 10,000 Constable Recruitment
“The judgment also nullified the recruitment of 10 ,000 constables carried out by the police authorities last year
However, the IG, Mohammed Adamu , has appealed the ruling which nullified the earlier order of the Federal High Court, Abuja .
The PSC spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani , in a statement on Wednesday , explained that the details of the Appeal Court judgment was contained in the Certified True Copy received on Tuesday .
The Court of Appeal has declared the Police Act 2020 unconstitutional and void.
The Police Act 2020 , which was enacted in September this year , affects the constitutional mandate of the Police Service Commission
The Appeal Court ruled that the provisions of the Act was in conflict with Paragraph 30 Part 1 of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution “ which empowers the commission to appoint persons into offices in the Nigeria Police Force except the Office of the Inspector – General of Police . ”
Appeal Court declares Police Act 2020 as it affects PSC mandate null and void.
The statement explained that the judge further declared that “ no Act of the National Assembly or law can take away or curtail such power
He further noted that, even if the Nigeria Police carried out the disputed enlistment pursuant to a directive or approval of the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd .) , “ the enlistment would remain contrary to the constitution and therefore , unconstitutional and void . Such a directive cannot repair its unconstitutionality and illegality . ”
Police Act 2020 was signed last month as confirmed by the reporter, meaning that Police Act 2020 was not in existence as at when the case was filed at the Federal High Court. So, how could a non existing Act be a subject matter in a court of law?
It would have been better the reporter provides us with the copy of the judgement order of at least produced a direct quote of the judgement not his/her interpretation of the judgment-A Nigerian reacts
10,000 people’s hopes have been dashed sad Well, in the light of the new development around the police, a fresh recruitment should be conducted with proper screening and psychological vetting of applicants and a firm orientation that they wont have the power or authority to be harassing and extorting the people on the street
Another opportunity for a better start- Another Nigerian added