Nigeria Police Lawyer, Alex Izinyon, Says Appeal Court Judgment Misrepresented by PSC Spokesman
Lawyer to the Nigeria Police Force and the inspector-general of police (IGP), Alex Izinyon (SAN), has denied that the Court of Appeal nullified the Police Act 2020, explaining that the Act was not part of the issues argued by both parties before the court.
He made the clarification in a statement on Thursday, saying the media reports quoting the spokesperson for the Police Service Commission (PSC), Ikechukwu Ani, as making the claim in a statement on Wednesday was misleading.
“Our mission here is to state unequivocally and without any amphiboly that the issue of the new Police Act 2020 was never an issue before the Court of Appeal as the said Act was signed into Law on September 15, 2020 while the judgment was being awaited which said judgment was delivered on September 30, 2020”, Iziyon wrote in the statement which Nigeria Sketch obtained.
Izinyon has handled the case since 2019 when it started at the Federal High Court, and he said the portion of the judgment relied on by PSC’s spokesman was only contained in the contributory judgment and not the lead judgment of the court delivered by Justice Olabisi Ige.
He said the concurring judgment delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim and which was relied on by Ani had no “jurisprudential relevance.”
He also said he had already filed an appeal against the September 30, 2020 judgment, stressing that the new Police Act 2020 was only signed into law on September 15, 2020, and was never an issue in the case at both the Court of Appeal and the Federal High Court where the matter started in 2019.
The said Court of Appeal judgment was delivered on September 30, 2020 nullifying the power of the IGP and the NPF to recruit 10, 000 constables, and declaring that only the PSC had the exclusive power to recruit.