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Buhari nominates ex-IGP Arase as PSC chairman, as commission rejects tenure elongation for snr police

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President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the name of former Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase to the Senate for confirmation as the new Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

President in a letter to the Senate which was read on the floor of the Red Chamber on Tuesday by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said the appointment is in accordance with the provision of section 154 (1) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Arase if confirmed by the senate will replace the former chairman of the commission, Musliu Smith as a substantive Chairman of the police service commission.

Meanwhile, the PSC said it will not elongate the tenure of senior police officers who are due for retirement from the force.

The PSC, therefore, directed all senior police officers due for retirement to proceed, stating that it will not extend their tenures.

The PSC said its directive was against the backdrop of media reports on whether or not retiring senior police officers’ tenure should be elongated due to the forthcoming 2023 general elections’ security management.

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It further noted that it would not encourage the subversion of the laws guiding entry and exit into the public service, adding that the retiring senior police officers were not indispensable and that their exit would not in any way or manner affect the success of the 2023 general elections.

It said, “The PSC, being the statutory government executive body with the constitutional mandate to recruit, promote, dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over persons holding offices in the Nigeria Police Force, except the Inspector-General of Police, wishes to assure Nigerians that there can never be any leadership vacuum in the NPF.

“The ongoing campaign for the extension of the tenures of some Deputy Inspectors General, Assistant Inspectors General, Commissioners of Police, and other senior police officers was an unnecessary distraction and an affront on all existing laws in the country guiding entry and exit in the public service.”

The Head, Press and Public Relations, PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, in a statement said the commission, following a meeting on Monday, took a decision that it would not extend the tenures of the retiring senior police officers, stressing that even when requested, it could not do so as it was against all existing laws, the Police Act, the PSC Act, and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“It noted that the police has capable men and women who should be encouraged to step into the vacancies that would be created by the exiting officers. It assured Nigerians that there is an institutional succession plan in the NPF, especially with the current injection of 10,000 constables and several other thousands of cadet ASPs from the police academy every year.

“The commission assured Nigerians that there will be no vacuum in the hierarchy of the police with the touted retirement of hundreds of senior police officers.

“It took a decision to rigidly uphold the provisions of the law which stipulates that a serving public officer, whether in the police or in any other government agency, must exit the service at the age of 60 or having served for a period of 35 years,” the PSC said in the statement.

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