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Police Service Commission, IGP in fresh face-off

Police Service Commission, IGP in fresh face-off

3 October, 2020

By Nicholas Kalu, Abuja

  • Blocks promotion of 112 senior officers
  • Says IGP failed to comply with commission’s directive

A fresh crisis is brewing between the  Police Service Commission (PSC)  and Police Inspector General Mohammed Adamu after the commission yesterday  cancelled  the recent promotions of 112 senior police officers.

It then proceeded to approve the elevation  of 175 officers.

The PSC which ,on Wednesday got judgement from the Court of Appeal nullifying last year’s recruitment of 10000 hands by the IG,also scrapped the police zonal commands and departments newly created by the police boss.

The commission said its decisions were  on account of the failure of the  Inspector General of Police to “comply with the directive of the Commission to attach the Presidential approval for the creation of additional Police Zonal Commands and Departments from where the vacancies for the recommended Officers were harvested.”

Chief spokesman of the PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, said in a statement in Abuja that the decisions were taken at  the 9th Plenary Meeting of the commission held  in Abuja on Monday and Tuesday, September 28th and 29th, 2020.

Top of the list of the newly promoted officers is Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Sanusi Lemu who is now a Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG.

He replaces retired DIG Abdulmajid Ali, representing the North Central.

The PSC also approved the promotion of one Commissioner of Police, CP. Mustapha Dandaura, former CP Anambra and Rivers States to the substantive rank of an Assistant Inspector General of Police.

Ani said:”Also promoted were 167 Superintendents of Police to Chief Superintendents, three Deputy Superintendents of Police to Superintendents, two Assistant Superintendents of Police to Deputy Superintendents and four Inspectors to Assistant Superintendents.

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“The Commission stood down the promotions of 112 senior Police Officers for failure of the Inspector General of Police to comply with the directive of the Commission to attach the Presidential approval for the creation of additional Police Zonal Commands and Departments from where the vacancies for the recommended Officers were harvested.

“The Commission stood down the promotion of 13 Commissioners of Police to the next rank of Assistant Inspectors General, eight Deputy Commissioners of Police to Commissioners to Commissioners and 91 Chief Superintendents of Police to Assistant Commissioners.

“The 167 Superintendents of Police promoted to Chief Superintendents include; Hezekiah Ali, Chukwuma Johnson Ubasonye, Samson Oyemauche, Ismail Lawal, Oyedele Saka Oyerinde and Nieketien George. Others were; Adamu Garba, Divisional Police Officer, Abakaliki road, Enugu State Command, Ikechukwu Ogoegbunam Udegbunam, Unit Commander, EOD, Jalingo, Taraba State Command, Abiodun Oluwaseun Ayinde, Ogun State Command and Wellinghton Omorogieva among others.

“The Commission also confirmed the acting appointments of 60 senior Police Officers including three Commissioners of Police and four Deputy Commissioners.

“The beneficiaries are Egbetokun Adeolu, Commissioner of Police Kwara State; Odumosu Olusegun, Commissioner of Police Lagos State and Shehu Usman Shuaibu, Commissioner of Police Works in the Force Headquarters. Others are; Deputy Commissioner of Police Nwonyi Emeka, DCP Ibrahim Maikaba; DCP Ahmed Musa and DCP Jimoh Moshood, former Force Public Relations Officer and currently DCP, CID, Airport Command, Lagos.

“The Commission also confirmed the acting appointments of three CSPs, Azogor Edu Jude, Usman Musa, Presidential Villa and Alhassan Idris Gambo. The appointments of three Superintendents of Police were also confirmed. They are Ijomah Chidebere Joseph, Sector Commander, FIB, STS, Enugu, Ogarachi Chima Eze, O/C Marine Command Port Harcourt and Olusegun Osunbure.

“The Commission’s decisions are expected to be conveyed to the Inspector General of Police on Monday, October 5th 2020 for implementation.”

In a unanimous judgement  on Wednesday,the Court of Appeal  nullified the 2019  recruitment of 10,000 constables IGP Adamu, on the ground that he lacked the power to make the recruitment for the police.

The court held that the power to recruit  belongs  exclusively to  the Police Service Commission (PSC).

The judgment upturned the December 2, 2019 verdict of a federal high court in Abuja which said it was within the right of the IG to handle the recruitment.

The  PSC had argued that the IGP by law has no role to play “in the appointment, promotion, dismissal or exercise of disciplinary measures over persons holding or aspiring to hold offices in the Nigeria Police Force”.

They prayed the court to nullify the recruitment process already commenced by the NPF and the IGP.

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