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Police commission staff go on strike Monday

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The Joint Union Congress of the Police Service Commission (PSC) has issued a notice of indefinite strike to the management of the commission, citing what it called “a breach of agreement”.

The union noted that the strike would commence with effect from next Monday.

The Chairman of the Joint Service Union (PSC chapter), Mr Adoyi Adoyi said that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba and other police chiefs, in connivance with the PSC Chairman, have overruled the commission’s constitutional duty.

The notice is coming amidst disagreement between PSC workers, its Chairman, former IGP Musiliu Smith, and IGP Baba, on which body should be responsible for recruitment, promotion, and appointment of constables and officers.

Adoyi added that the IGP has allegedly taken it upon himself to carry out the functions of the PSC in flagrant disregard of the Nigerian constitution, a verdict of the Appeal Court, and the authorities of the PSC.

Adoyi said: “We’re embarking on an indefinite strike from Monday, 29 August to show how discontent with the way the PSC is being run by the chairman of the commission, and the flagrant disregard for the constitution, the court of law, and the PSC by the IGP, Usman Baba.

“The duties of the PSC are spelt out in the constitution, but the IGP has disregarded all of that, and has taken over the duties of the commission. He appoints and promotes at will as opposed to what is stated in the constitution.

“According to the constitution, the appointment, promotion, and recruitment of police officers and constables are the prerogative of the PSC, not the IGP”.

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