Police Commission suspends special promotion for policemen

The Police Service Commission (PSC) says it has suspended special promotion for policemen.

Mike Okiro, PSC Chairman in Abuja on Tuesday, said that the suspension became imperative, following complaints and allegations by members of the public.

“Given the avalanche of disparaging reports, comments and allegations revolving around special promotions, the commission has decided to put on hold all recommendations until further notice,’’ he said.

Okiro said that the promotions already processed would be referred back to the I-G of police for more details on the beneficiaries.

He said that the commission had also set up a committee to investigate allegations of bribery against some members of the commission by some police officers.

“As a responsible organisation, the commission ensures that promotions are given to only deserving officers based on merit to encourage hard work,’’ he said.

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He disclosed that guidelines developed by the commission on procedures for promotion had been sent to the I-G of Police.

“To ensure objectivity, transparency and accountability in the process, the commission has also developed and issued guidelines on special promotion to the Nigeria Police Force.’’

He said that the implementation of the guidelines was being monitored and reviewed by the commission regularly.

Okiro said that officers considered for special promotion in the force must have sufficiently shown concrete evidence for meriting it.

“It should, however, be noted that performance of normal or routine duty will not qualify an officer for special promotion,” Okiro added.

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