……PSC Says Police Promotions Not Based On Ethinic Considerations, Igbos are not marginalized.
The Police Service Commission has said that police promotions are not based on ethnic consideràtions and the PSC debunked comments credited to the leadership of the OHANEZE Ndigbo, a pan Igbo Socio Cultural group on the recent promotions into different offices of the Nigeria Police Force and specifically as it affected Promotions into the office of Commissioner of Police.
The OHANEZE in the statement noted that only one Igbo son was promoted to the rank of CP in the recent exercise and that all Commissioners of Police in the South East are Northerners. It also observed that not many Igbo Officers are in the high echelon of the Force.
The Commission explained that Promotion of senior Police Officers including Promotion into the office of Commissioner of Police are based on availability of vacancies, seniority, free of any pending disciplinary matter and merit except in few cases of special promotion. Even for special promotion, there are laid down rules, regulations and conditions which an Officer must satisfy such as; must have stayed two years in a rank; must not have had any special Promotion in the immediate past five years and must not have a pending disciplinary matter, (PDM).
The Commission also allows the Inspector General of Police who is the operational head of the Police to recommend qualified and deserving Officers to the Commission for Promotion. “This is a synergy the Commission has forged with the Police to ensure complimentality in the management of it’s Officers.”, the PSC Spokesperson said.
The Commission noted that PSC does not and has never approved Promotion of any Police Officer based on ethnic or any other consideration except the ones stated above.
PSC also debunked that Commissioners of Police in the South East are all from the North. “The CPs for Imo, Abia and Anambra states Commands are not Northerners. Only the CPs for Enugu and Ebonyi are from the North just as there are Igbo CPs in other Zones. The CP for Bayelsa and Oyo States are Igbos. There are also many other Igbo sons who are Commissioners of Police of different Police formations in the country.
“It is also not true that not many Igbo Officers are in the high echelon of the Force.
“Just recently, an Igbo son, former Commissioner of Police in charge of Police Budget who was promoted a Deputy Inspector General of Police was deployed as DIG A, that is overseeing Administration and Finance, a very sensitive Department in the Police Management team.
The Commission assured continued adherence to established rules guiding Promotions in the police and in the larger interest of the Nigerian nation.