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PMB to summon Minister, IGP over Constable recruitment crisis

President Muhammadu Buhari will this week meet with the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammadu Dingyadi and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to resolve the dispute over recruitment of 10,000 constables into the force.

This followed the inability of the Police Service Commission and the NPF to resolve their differences over the agency with the constitutional mandate to carry out police recruitment.

It was gathered on Friday that the commission’s chairman, Musiliu Smith, had received assurances from the President that the issue would be resolved soon.

The retired IG had visited the Presidential Villa last week where he complained about the takeover of the recruitment by the IG when the exercise was almost concluded.

Despite the suspension of the exercise by the commission, the police had released the list of successful candidates who had been directed to report for medical screening between September 9 and 14 at zonal police headquarters.

A source in the commission said, “The (PSC) chairman met with the President who assured him that he would summon the police affairs minister and the IG over the recruitment dispute. How can the IG simply take over an exercise we started from the scratch when it was almost 90 per cent completed? It is like an employee giving directives to his employers.”

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