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Police Service Union declares indefinite strike

The Police Service Commission’s Joint Union Congress says that its members will go on indefinite strike beginning Monday, August 29, 2022.

The union stated in a notice to the commission’s management that they are going on strike due to a breach in their agreement.

Mr Adoyi Adoyi, Chairman of the Joint Service Union, Police Service Commission chapter, told journalists on Thursday that the strike is being called due to a disagreement between the commission’s workers, the Chairman of PCS, Mr Musiliu Smith, and the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, over who should be responsible for the recruitment, promotion, and appointment of constables and officers.

Mr Adoyi accused the commission and the police, of overruling the constitutional duty of the PSC.

“The duties of the PSC are spelt out in the constitution, but the Police authority has disregarded all of that, and has taken over the duties of the commission. He appoints and promotes at will as opposed to what is stated in the constitution’’, he said.

According to Adoyi, the appointment, promotion, and recruitment of police officers and constables are the prerogative of the Police Service Commission.

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu; editing by Adeniyi Bakare