Akpabio Warns IGP Egbetokun, PSC Over Face-off

Senate President Godswill Akpabio on Thursday, July 11, warned the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun and the Police Service Commission (PSC) to stop incessant squabble but should rather concentrate on providing adequate security for Nigerians.

Akpabio’s warning came as the red chamber confirmed Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Hashim Salihu Argungu (rtd.) for appointment as the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

The Senate also approved the nominations of Chief Onyemuche Nnamani for appointment as Secretary and Retired DIG Taiwo Lakanu as members of the PSC, respectively.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu had on June 27, 2024, transmitted the names of the nominees to the Senate for consideration and approval.

The confirmation of the nominees by the Senate followed its consideration of the report of the Senate Committees on Police Affairs that screened the nominees.

Akpabio in his remarks, urged the police hierarchy and the PSC to co-exist in harmony for the benefit of Nigerians.

The Senate President said: “I want to congratulate the Police Affairs Committee for their painstaking scrutiny of the nominees and our members who made contributions during the consideration of the report.

“I want the Committee to ensure close oversight of the police to prevent pitfalls of the past.

“Let me advise the Inspector General of Police to stop struggling with the Police Service Commission on the issue of recruitment of policemen.

“In the last two years, we probably would have added an additional 20,000 Nigerians into the Nigeria Police Force.

“Unfortunately, as a result of personality clashes, the issue went as far as the Supreme Court, whether withdrawn or not withdrawn, the police commission members we have just cleared today and the office of the Inspector General of Police should be in touch to protect the interest of Nigerians and the constitution and the security of this nation should be uppermost and not their personal interests and work harmoniously. It is expedient that Nigerians be allowed to sleep with their two eyes closed.”

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