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Police Recruitment: Senators Angry Over Constituents’ Failure To Make List

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​Senators have expressed disenchantment with the outcome of the process that led to the recruitment of 10,000 police officers and personnel, by the Police Service Commission (PSC).

New Telegraph gathered from senior National Assembly sources, that the lawmakers gave vent to their anger at an executive session the Senate Committee on Police Affairs had with the Chairman and Commissioners of the Police Commission on Wednesday.

One of the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said senators were visibly angry that most of their constituents, whose interests they had pushed, did not make the final list of successful candidates, whose names were released on Tuesday.

He further disclosed that the House Committee on Police Affairs may likely invite the management team of PSC, to also register their displeasure. It was, however, gathered that the Sir Mike Okiro-led PSC team took time out to explain the transparent nature of the recruitment exercise, which has attracted commendation from some Nigerians.

The National Assembly source said the lawmakers were made to understand that the commission could not have accommodated all interests, considering the fact that their mandate to recruit 10,000 personnel was not extended.

“May I inform you that the Senate Committee on Police Affairs held an executive session with the Police Commission team on Tuesday, where they registered their disenchantment over the final recruitment list.

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“Their anger stemmed from the fact that many of their constituents were not among successful candidates to undergo training.

“But, the team maintained that the federal character principle and transparency, formed the foundation of the recruitment process,” the source stated.

New Telegraph learnt earlier that the Clerk of the Committee had worked with the PSC team. Others, who were said to have worked with the team, were the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of Training, as well as representatives of the Federal Character Commission (FCC).

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