By Emma Nnadozie
The Police Service Commission has denied allegations of fraud in the recent recruitment of Cadet ASPs and Inspectors recently released and assured that the commission upheld its avowed commitment to due process, justice and equity in its dealings. A release signed by the Secretary to the Commission, Mrs. E.B.P. EmurenÂ stated that the compilation ofÂ the list of successful candidates was carried out diligently andÂ withÂ sense of responsibility.
The release further stated, â€œThe list in question was compiled in 2007 by the out-gone Commission, in collaboration with the Office of the Inspector-General of Police, but it was not finalized. The present Commission having found that the Police Academy is now ready to receive newÂ cadets decided to stick to the old list, which could have been cancelled and a new interview conducted.
â€œIn doing so, minor modifications were made, taking into consideration that some of the candidates adjudged suitable may have outgrown the recruitment age or found another job. In addition, adjustment was made to some states to reflect federal character and to keep to the policy of the Commission that this principle shall be strictly adopted at the point of entry into the force.
The Commission, which is a creation ofÂ the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is statutorily empowered to appoint persons to offices (other than the office of the Inspector-General ofÂ Police) in the Nigeria Police Force.
â€œHowever, the Commission is conscious of the enormous responsibility that the Constitution and the Police Service Commission (Establishment) Act 2001entrusted on it, as well as its obligations to Nigerians, and will ensure that genuine complaints are acted upon in manner fair and just to the aggrievedâ€.