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Revolt Looms In Police Over Alleged Promotion Fraud

Posted: May 20, 2015 at 1:43 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

•No Section Of The Force Is Complaining –Force PRO

By Felix Igbekoyi (Asaba) and Hassan Zagi


Revolt within the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) is imminent if the leadership goes ahead to promote participants in Cadet ASP Course 20/2000 shortlisted for promotion to the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP).

This may not be unconnected with the fact that the ASP Induction Course 2000 Participants who are supposed to be seniors to those of the Cadet ASP Course say by that action they would have been shortchanged, in the promotion exercise.

For this, officers of the induction course are threatening a showdown with the Police authorities, should their juniors in the Cadet ASP Course 20/2000 be promoted Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), ahead of them.

The aggrieved policemen want the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, Chairman, Police Service Commission, Chief Mike Okiro and the Minister of Police Affairs, to intervene in the anomaly.

They argued that the promotion fraud was committed without recourse to the provisions of the Police Act and Regulations.

Findings by Daily Independent reveal that both crops of senior officers have been charging over seniority since 2009 and 2010, prompting the Police authorities at the time to institute a panel that investigated the matter to determine the genuine senior of the two cadres.

The committee was said to have come up with a report that rightly put the ASP Induction Participants as Seniors to the Cadet ASP Participants, resulting to the promotion of the induction course participants (SPS WEF 01/01/2008) two months ahead, while the Cadet ASP Course Participants were promoted SPS (WEF 01/03/2008).

The manipulations, according to the findings, was once stopped by former IGP, Suleiman Abba, who noticed the change in the date of the ASP Induction course 2000 to August 1, 2008 which Cadet ASP 20/2000 to 1/5/2008; in which the ASP Cadets Course 20/2000 were illegally and ambiguously placed them ahead of the ASP Induction Course Participants, a contradiction of the Force Headquarters directive of September 12, 2011.

The manipulation, by some Senior Officers in Force Headquarters in Abuja, one insider revealed, totally negates due process, wondering why the anyone should manipulate the staff list of the Nigerian Police illegally and in the process, tamper with the promotion dates of some SPS as if they were demoted without any offence.

According to him, “it is a monumental fraud of the staff list. ASP Induction Course 2000 Participants had successfully completed their programmes on 30th June 2000 before the ASP Cadets commenced theirs later in November 2000. Is the Police Service Commission contradicting itself by reverting the outcome of the Investigative Panel it set up to look into the seniority conundrum which came up with the report that ASP Induction Course 2000 Participants are senior?”

A source at the Police Headquarters hinted that officers of the ASP Induction Course 2000 are set for a showdown against the Police authority should the ASP Course 20/2000 be promoted ahead of them.

The source lament that it is this sort of manipulation that breeds acrimony within the officers cadre in the Police, stressing that the new IGP should look into the matter before it snowballs into a major crisis, as other officers who have been cheated in time past could take advantage of the situation to engineer a revolt.

However, in a swift reaction, spokesman of the force, Emmanuel Ojukwu, told Daily Independent that everything has been done in accordance of the extent rules.

Consequently, he explained, there was no need for any disaffection, adding that based on his knowledge, no group or section of the Police is complaining or having any ill feelings on issues of promotion.