The Police Service Commission (PSC) has stated that it is not in any conflict with the Nigeria Police Force as it relates to the appointment and posting of Commissioners of Police to State Commands, a Policy which it said, was formulated in line with the Constitutional provisions guiding such appointments.
In a statement signed by Ikechukwu Ani, the Head, Press and Public Relations and made available to The Sight News, PSC while reacting to a front page lead story on the subject matter, said that although there are existing issues between the Commission and the Nigeria Police Force, these issues are gradually being resolved in the interest of both parties and to the greater interest of the Nigerian Nation.
He further noted that the Commission frowns, that what was supposed to be confidential matters involving the two government bodies is being celebrated in the media as if the two parties are on a war path.
According to him, “The Commission has the Constitutional responsibility to oversight the Police in areas of appointment, promotion and discipline and will continue to abide by this constitutional provision.
“It will however not carry out this sacred assignment on the pages of newspapers unless there is need to officially inform the public as has always been done whenever necessary.
“It feels obliged to advise that the Media should rather than create tension in the system, endeavour to support the two bodies in their efforts to ensure stable polity.
“The Commission is regularly engaging with the Nigeria Police Force on any important issue especially as it relates to its Constitutional mandate”, he said.
The stories published in the daily were built around a recent Policy by the Commission on the subject matter and were captioned, “Concerns Mount over Constitutionality of Police Command Appointments”.