Senate, Police commission resolve dispute over recruitment of 10,000 personnel

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According to reports, the suspended recruitment of 10,000 personnel into the police force would soon commence, Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim, said Monday.

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The targeted recruitment was put on hold following disagreement between the Senate and the Police Service Commission (PSC) over the modus operandi of the recruitment.

The upper chamber had in a letter some weeks ago requested the PSC to suspend the exercise over alleged irregularity in the criteria adopted for the recruitment.

Findings showed that the Senate suggested that the recruitment should be carried on local government basis.

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The PSC, on the other hand, wanted the exercise to be conducted on the basis of equality of states.

Senator Ibrahim however told reporters yesterday that the disagreement has been resolved.

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

The lawmaker also said that those to be recruited would form the foundation for the commencement of community policing in the country.

He explained that nine personnel would be recruited per local government area.

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Those recruited, he said, would be used to form a unit for community policing in all the 774 local government areas of the country.

Senator Ibrahim noted that it is expected that in the next three years, 30 police personnel would have been recruited per local government for the community policing initiative.

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