The Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Musiliu Smith has resigned amidst an ongoing rift between the police commission and the Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Baba.
According to Daily Trust, Smith resigned after the Commission Board demanded his resignation.
Smith, who once served as former Inspector-General of Police, is expected to hand over to Retired Justice Clara Ogunbiyi, who represents the judiciary at the commission.
Usman Baba, the Inspector General of Police, and the commission have been at odds over who should be in charge of recruiting, promoting, and appointing constables and officers.
Ikechukwu Ani, the commission’s spokesman, confirmed Smith’s resignation on Wednesday night.
The PSC urged prospective candidates to visit its website to submit an application after advertising recruiting for constables.
However, the police advised the general public to disregard the commission’s notice in a statement, stating that the Force alone is in charge of the hiring procedure.
In the midst of the dispute, the Joint Union Congress of the Police Service Commission issued a notice of indefinite strike to the commission’s management on August 24 for a breach of agreement.