The Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) views the contemptuous disregard of the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari as conveyed by the office of the Secretary General of the Federation on the 29th December, 2017, concerning the dissolving of the board of Police Service Commission (PSC) among others, headed by retired Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro, by his continued stay in office and performing functions of the office despite the composition of a new board.
The Police Service Commission is one of the Federal Executive bodies established by Section 153 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) with enormous powers which include: Appointment, Promotion and Disciplinary control of all Police Officers in Nigeria (except the Inspector General of Police). With the weight of responsibility placed on an important agency of government such as the Police Service Commission, it is disastrous to allow any functionary to operate it illegally and by extension, in nullity.
The list released the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and dated 29th December 2017 shows the following:
‘That the Federal Government Appoints Governing Boards for Parastatals and Agencies, in which the SGF conveyed Mr. President’s directive to take immediate effect, the following members to constitute the new Police Service Commission:
- Chairman – To be appointed by Mr. President
HEDA through its chairman, Mr. Olanrewaju Suraju said, “while thanking you in anticipation of a prompt response, we urge you to use your good offices to help combat corruption, abuse of office and insubordination.”