Expert calls for probe of   police recruitment saga 


President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been called upon to probe the allegation  made by the  Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, on the last police recruitment exercise in the country.

The IGP had as widely reported, Monday, alleged that the recruitment carried out by the Police Service Commission (PSC) was not acceptable to the Police.

Reacting to the allegation in Ilorin, Wednesday, a human resource expert, Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim , called on President Bola Tinubu to probe the allegation being a very sensitive one.

“That the last recruitment exercise officially released by the PSC was rejected by the Police Authorities must be a matter of serious concern to all patriotic Nigerians,” he said.

The HR expert who is a retired director from the Kwara State Public Service and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM), noted with serious concern how Public Service in Nigeria has been bastardised not only on recruitment but on training, promotion and discipline.

He wondered why a very critical sector of security like the Police could be enmeshed in recruitment crisis again after several years of abandonment of police recruitment exercise during the last Buhari’s civilian administration.

He wondered why the Police Service Commission should directly involve itself in the recruitment of police personnel of lower cadre of Grade Level 01 to 06;  adding that it is the direct responsibility of the Police hierarchy under the leadership of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP). 

He stated further that under the Public Service Rules, recruitment into Grade Levels 01 to 06 is a delegated authority, maintaining that the Police Service Commission (PSC) that would entertain complaints and petitions on all recruitment exercises ought not to insist on wanting to conduct the recruitment especially at the lower levels.

He lamented that the bane of the Nigerian Public Service since the return to democracy in 1999 has been corruption, favoritism, lack of due process in recruitment, undeserved interference in the recruitment, promotion and discipline processes by top government functionaries both from the executive and legislature.

He added that where such inadequacies featured,  recruitment would not meet required standard and this is what has happened that caused the complaints and rejection of the recruitment by the IGP.

He however commended the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Airforce for maintaining high standard in their recruitment and training processes. He said these qualities have been responsible for their good performances.