By Hassan Zaggi
The Police Service Commission (PSC) has debunked rumours making the round that there is tension among the top hierarchy of the Nigeria Police Force over the recent promotion of some senior officers.
In a statement signed by its Spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, the PSC noted that instead of tension in the police force, “rather there is a new wave of hope as the Commission moves to sanitize the Force and return it to the path of rectitude.”
According to the PSC: “The new Management has since assumption of office insisted on working strictly with laid down rules and regulations guiding its Constitutional mandate of Appointment, Promotion and Discipline in the Nigeria Police Force. This procedure was observed in the promotion of three Assistant Inspectors General of Police to Deputy Inspectors General.
“Before the recent promotions, the Nigeria Police Force had four DIGs representing four geo-political zones. They include Maigari Dikko, from Katsina, representing the North West; Joshak Habila, from Plateau State, representing the North Central; Emmanuel T. Inyang, from Akwa Ibom State, representing South South; and Agboola Oshodi-Glover, from Lagos, representing South West.
“The Commission considered the recommendations of the IGP of three AIGs for promotion to DIGs. They were Mohammed Sani Usman from Bauchi, representing North East; Peace Ibekwe-Abdallah, from Anambra, representing the South East and Abdul Salami Iyaji from Kogi, representing the North Central.”
At the time of the recommendation, the PSC said, Musa Katsina Mohammed, was the most senior AIG in the Nigeria Police Force but was curiously not recommended.
“The Commission in its wisdom and satisfying the necessary and relevant requirements approved the recommendations of Sani Usman to take the place of the North East and Ibekwe-Abdallah for the South East. It rejected the recommendation of Iyaji and in his place promoted the most senior AIG, Kastsina Mohammed from the North West.
“It is instructive to note that all the geo-political zones are currently fully represented in the DIG cadre in the Nigeria Police Force and the remaining vacant slot was ceded to the most senior AIG.
“It is further instructive to note that the IGP is also from Niger State, and invariably also representing the North Central. No Geopolitical Zone is therefore left out in the promotion.
“The Commission wishes to state that it is under no obligation to wholly approve all recommendations from the IGP for appointments, promotions or discipline. Such powers wholly reside according to the Law with the Police Service Commission.
“The current Commission is determined to commit itself to the letters of the Constitution and the Act in the discharge of its responsibilities, since it is by so doing that justice and equity will always be done to the entirety of officers and men of the Nigeria Police.”