Following the resignation of former Inspector-General of Police Musiliu Smith as the chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), real reasons that led to his exit have begun to surface, Daily Trust on Sunday reports.
Although the management, through the commission’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, told reporters that Smith resigned on “health ground,” Daily Trust’s findings on Sunday revealed that the accumulation of a wide range of issues led to his ouster.
Ideally, Smith, inaugurated on July 25, 2018, alongside other commissioners, was supposed to lead the commission till July 24, 2023, to complete his five-year tenure in line with the laws that established the organization.
Other commissioners appointed in 2018 alongside Smith and Ogunbiyi include Lawal Bawa, a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police (full-time commissioner, North West); Mohammed Najatu (member, North West); Braimoh Austin (member, South-South); Rommy Mom, a lawyer (member, North Central) and Dr. Nkemka Jombo-Ofo (member, South East).
This newspaper had exclusively reported how Smith was forced to resign during a board meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, after which he was directed to hand over to commissioner 1 and the next in the hierarchy, Justice Clara Ogunbiyi (retd).
Ogunbiyi, who retired from the Supreme Court, had since assumed office in an acting capacity. She is expected to hold sway pending when President Muhammadu Buhari makes a substantive appointment for the commission.