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Police chiefs angry over delayed promotion

By Kingsley Omonobi

ABUJA-Indications have emerged that scores of senior police officers of the rank of Deputy Commissioners of Police, Assistant Commissioners of Police and others who have met the required criteria for promotions to the next rank of either Commissioners of Police or Assistant Commissioners of Police, across the country, are angry and, in some instances, frustrated on the job over the reluctance of the Police Service Commission (PSC), to approve their promotion.

Already, Vanguard gathered that going by the necessary due process required for their promotion to the next rank, the office of the Inspector-General of Police, and the Force Secretary, have forwarded the names of these senior officers for promotion after all criteria have been met by these officers to the Chairman, PSC, DIG Parry Osayande (rtd) since three months ago without any action being taken.

As a result of the reluctance of the Police Service Commission to promote the officers based on criteria for such promotions and recommendations of the IGP, a sizeable number of these officers are being caught up with retirement and are leaving the force with their old rank when the reverse would have been the case.

To make matters worse, many of the officers affected are holding Commissioners of Police appointment on acting capacity while the PSC has been is sitting on their promotions for over three months thus creating the impression that the commission is pursuing a hidden agenda.


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