Jos – Policemen of the rank and file cadre who joined the Nigeria Police Force as recruits with lower qualifications but later obtained higher qualifications like University degrees/Higher National Diploma (HND) have appealed to the President Muhammadu Buhari, Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris and the Nigeria Police Council to halt the act of discrimination being perpetrated against them.
The Policemen in an open letter to President Buhari, signed by Abubakar Gambo and issued to journalists yesterday in Jos lamented negligence and injustice by the Force against them, noting that after their promotion examination and final interview to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), which held in 2015, the exercise was suddenly abandoned by current leadership of the Force.
Supporting their position with Section 39 of Part IV (Appointment) of the Police Act and Regulation which says that, “When vacancies in the establishment of Assistant Superintendents of Police cannot, by reason of unavailability of suitable candidates, be filled by promotions from within the force, the Inspector General shall so inform the Nigeria Police Council (NPC) and may request it to arrange for the post to be filled by direct entry.”
They appealed to the President to direct that the promotion process, which had reached advanced stage before it was suspended, be completed, adding that “we had written to the National Assembly, Police High Command (Force Headquarters) and the Police Service Commission (PSC) on the issue in February this year, but nothing concrete has been done. We are pleading that you use your good office as the Chairman of Police Council to intervene.”
They added that, “Considering the resources that have gone into the exercise, it is only good to bring it to conclusion and avoid wastages.”
The letter recalled that, “Those that wrote the promotion examination and those who passed were interviewed by the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in their various zones and the representatives of Police Service Commission (PSC).
“The reference to police wireless massage (signal) was CB:7510/DTD/FHQ/ABJ/VOL/7/66, Dated: 5th; December, 2015, RE: ASP Promotional Course-Based on Educational Qualification.
“50 candidates were shortlisted from each state, and the successful candidates were asked to go to Abuja with their 12yrs and above service register and confidential files. But the files are still kept at the (E) Department in the Force Headquarters Abuja till date.
“We were shocked when the Police High Command and the PSC abandoned the entire process to commence fresh recruitment of civilians for ASP cadet and successful candidates sent to Police Staff College, Jos for training, while we, the serving members of the Force that have acquired higher qualifications in the service with working experience of 10 years and above were made to follow the due process of examination and interview at the State Command level to Zonal level, and High Command were routinely ignored and abandoned.”