ABUJA — The Police Service Commission has approved the promotion of 24 Commissioners of Police to the next rank of Assistant Inspectors General of Police.
It also approved the promotion of 35 Deputy Commissioners of Police to the rank of Commissioners, 52 Assistant Commissioners of Police to Deputy Commissioners and 46 Chief Superintendents of Police to Assistant Commissioners.
The Commission’s Head of Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani in a statement on Thursday titled, ‘PSC Promotes 24 CPs, 35 DCPs, 52 ACPs, 50 CSPs, Drops Ibrahim Magu’.
According to Ani, the decisions were the highpoints of the Commission’s 12th Plenary Meeting held on Tuesday and Wednesday, which was presided over by the Commission’s Chairman, Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector General of Police.
“It also considered and approved the promotion of 10 Superintendents of Police to Chief Superintendents, 17 Deputy Superintendents of Police to Superintendents, 139 Assistant Superintendents of Police, whose names were skipped during the last promotion, to Deputy Superintendents and nine Inspectors to Assistant Superintendents of Police.”
“The Commission declined the promotion of CP Magu pending clearance from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and the Office of the Inspector General of Police.”
The Chairman of the Commission, Musiliu Smith, congratulated the beneficiaries and demanded of them, a commitment to the service of the Nigerian nation and to operate within the laws of the land and with the fear of God.
He said the Commission will continue to ensure that promotions in the Police will follow due process and as and when due.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), later in February 2021 named 40-year-old Abdulrasheed Bawa as the new EFCC chairman to replace Magu. Magu, who served as acting chairman of the EFCC from 2015 to 2020, was rejected twice by the Senate.
He was later suspended along with several others for allegedly mismanaging funds of the commission, an allegation which he vehemently denied.
The former EFCC boss was probed for over three months by a judicial panel of inquiry led by a former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami.
The panel made several recommendations but the report has not been made public to date.
Meanwhile, the Presidency said that President Muhammadu Buhari is not responsible for promotion in the Nigeria Police Force, NPF.
Garba Shehu, Presidential spokesman, disclosed this shortly after the Police Service Commission promoted 24 Commissioners of Police to the rank of the Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIG), among others.
Reacting to the development, Shehu said promotion in Nigeria’s police structure is determined by the PSC, insisting that President Buhari had no hand in the exercise.
“President Buhari, or any Nigerian President for that matter, is not responsible for promotions in the Police.
“That is the business of the Police Service Commission, PSC.
“In the case of the gentleman in question, who is currently under investigation, common sense dictates that his eligibility will be determined by that outcome. The PSC could have given you the correct position on this if there was an effort to reach them,” Shehu said.
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