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Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police most times disregards Police Service Commission (PSC) directives but he cannot be punished

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris

The Police Service Commission (PSC) in a statement on Sunday revealed that the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, sometimes disobeys its directives, but it has no power to discipline the IG.

The statement was issued by Mr. Ikechukwu Ani, the PSC Public Relations Officer.

Mr. Idris has faced some numbers of accusations by Senator Isa Misua, including allegations of corruptions, sexual scandal with two female serving police officers.

The commission in the Sunday statement noted that its powers does not cover the office of the Inspector General of Police and therefore cannot discipline the IG whenever he fails to follow its directives;

“The Commission also wishes to state that its powers to do this does not cover the office of the Inspector General of Police.

“The Powers of the Commission are stated in paragraph 30, Part 1 of the third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution,” he said.

“The Commission under the leadership of Mike Okiro, is not a mere rubber stamp Agency.

“It carries out its duties diligently and in accordance with set out guidelines.

“It also in the discharge of this duties, takes the I-G into consideration as the operational head of the Nigeria Police Force.

“The 1999 Constitution, part 111, (supplemental) (b), 215 (2) states; The Nigeria Police Force shall be under the command of the Inspector -General of Police,” he said.

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Regarding the posting of Commissioners of Police to State Commands, the PSC said it allows the IG to handle it since he is the one who works with these officers and therefore knows their operational capabilities.

The Commission added that special guidelines have been given to the IG on special promotions.

“Meanwhile, all recommendations to the Commission on this issue has been put on hold until he complies with these guidelines.

“The Commission however can do more with a Constitutional provision that allows it protect its decisions.

“It is also common knowledge that most times its decisions are not implemented by the I-G since constitutionally the Commission cannot discipline him,” he stated.

“The current Commission will continue to work with Mr President to give the nation the police force that will be the envy of every Nigerian.

“Appointments, promotions and disciplinary matters will continue to be guided by laid down rules and regulations,” he added.

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