The Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Retired Inspector General of Police Musiliu Smith, has resigned his appointment amid police recruitment crisis.
It was gathered that Smith resigned on the grounds of ill health.
In the interim, the second most senior PSC Commissioner, Retired Supreme Court Justice Clara Ogunbiyi, representing the Judiciary, has assumed duty as Chairman.
The Spokesman of the Commission, Ikechukwu Ani, who confirmed the resignation said that the commission would issue an official statement (tomorrow) Thursday.
Recall that the retired IGP had been at loggerhead with the Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman, over the 2022 Police recruitment exercise for 10,000 Constables into the Nigerian Police Force.
The Police Service Commission had placed an advert n a national daily for the recruitment of police constables for the year 2022, but the Nigeria Police Force asked Nigerians to disregard the advertisement and call for applications.
The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement, said,
“The Nigeria Police Force wishes to inform well-meaning members of the public that it has not commenced the 2022 Police Constables Recruitment into the Nigeria Police Force contrary to a publication on Page 21 of a National Daily of Thursday August 11, 2022 by the Police Service Commission (PSC).
“The police similarly state unequivocally that the advert has no connection with the Nigeria Police Force nor is it in tandem with the police recruitment process, and should be disregarded in all its entirety.
The website to which the publication refers intending candidates – http://www.recruitment.psc.gov.ng – is not associated with the Nigeria Police Force.
“The Nigeria Police Force hereby calls on all stakeholders and intending applicants to discountenance the information in both the newspaper and on the portal as the website is not the official portal for Police Constables recruitment.
“The Nigeria Police Force thereby assures well-meaning Nigerians that the commencement of the 2022 recruitment exercise will be announced via the official police e-recruitment website – https://policerecruitment.gov.ng, the Nigeria Police Force official website – https://www.npf.gov.ng, and advertisements on national dailies and official police social media accounts as and when due.”