Police commission officials have threatened an indefinite strike as commission chairman Musiliu Smith; and the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, fail to resolve issues related to agent recruitment and other pending issues.

The Chairman, Joint Service Union, PSC Department, Mr. Adoyi Adoyi, made this known in an interview with our correspondent on Tuesday, amid disagreements between the commission and the Nigerian Police Service over which body should be responsible for the recruitment of agents .

Adoyi said: “We now have a reason to continue our agitation, and this time we are embarking on an indefinite strike. We are even protesting against the presidency and we will let everyone know that we cannot be kept redundant.

“No law places the commission under the Ministry of Police Affairs. But they think that the committee should be under the ministry, and the chairman has fallen for that.

“We have given the commission and the police 24 hours to solve the problem, if not; we will continue with our action.”

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Adoyi also noted that there was a withdrawal, but the outcome of the withdrawal was never discussed or implemented by the PSC chairman.

Meanwhile, Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said on Tuesday that there was no problem between the police and the PSC, adding that the NPF had to provide a clarification on Monday due to possible intakes that may be confused.

Adejobi said this during an appearance on a Channels TV program Sunrise Daily on Tuesday.

He said: “We were shocked by the publication for recruitment in a national newspaper. Even some senior officers of the PSC were shocked.

“As far as we don’t investigate that, we want to assure Nigerians that we are not ready for the recruitment exercise in 2022. We had just recruited the 2021 group that resumed training about two weeks ago, and we are talking about recruiting of 10,000 people. We cannot train them because our training school is currently occupied, so we are not ready for that yet.”

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In a statement from its head of Press and Public Relations, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani, on Tuesday, the PSC noted that all issues related to police recruitment between the commission and the police would be resolved in the interest of the nation.

The statement read: “Police Service Commission notes the publication of the Nigeria Police Force regarding the recruitment of police officers in 2022.

“The commission wants to declare that all conflicting issues surrounding the exercise between the two sides will be resolved in the interest of the nation.

“All interested applicants and other Nigerians seeking careers in the Nigeria Police Force should exercise patience while these issues are resolved. The commission will continue its efforts to provide Nigerians with a police force they will be proud of.”

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