- There is growing tension within the Nigeria Police Force (NPF)
- A group of aggrieved officers have written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari
- The officers are alleging negligence and injustice by police authorities
Tension is brewing within the NPF as some policemen who were enlisted into the force with lower qualifications before obtaining university degrees or the Higher National Diploma have petitioned the presidency.
According to The Punch, the officers are alleging negligence and injustice by police authorities.
They claimed that after their examination and final interview for promotion to the rank of assistant superintendent of police which held in 2015, the process was suddenly abandoned.
Spokesman for the aggrieved police officers, Abubakar Gambo, in an open letter to president Mohammadu Buhari, appealed to the president “to use his good offices to direct that the promotion process, which had reached advanced stage before it was suspended, be completed.”
They cited Section 39 of Part IV (Appointment) of the Police Act and Regulation to support their argument.
Part of the petition read:“We wrote to the National Assembly, the Police High Command (Force Headquarters) and the Police Service Commission on the issue in February this year, but nothing concrete has been done. We are pleading that you use your good offices as the Chairman of Police Council to intervene.
“Considering the resources that have gone into the exercise, it is only good to bring it to conclusion and avoid wastage. Those that wrote the promotional examination and those who passed were interviewed by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in their various zones and the representatives of the PSC.
“We were shocked when suddenly the police high command and the PSC abandoned the entire process to commence fresh recruitment of civilians for the ASP cadet."
Meanwhile, the Police Service Commission (PSC) says it has no power to discipline the Inspector-General of Police.
A statement by Ikechukwu Ani, media, press and public relations officer of PSC, said that the commission would not compromise its constitutional mandate to appoint, promote and discipline officers of the NPF.
“The commission also wishes to state that its powers to do this does not cover the office of the Inspector General of Police.
“The powers of the commission are stated in paragraph 30, part 1 of the third schedule of the 1999 constitution,” he said.
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