OHANEZE Ndigbo, a Pan Igbo socio-cultural group has blasted the Police Service Commission (PSC) over the recent gale of promotion in the Nigeria Police, describing the exercise as the highest form of provocation and marginalisation against the South East geo-political zone.
In the recent exercise, the Commission had announced the promotion of 37 police officers to their next ranks with the South East having only one spot allotted to it.
A statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media to the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Emeka Attamah said the PSc obvious disdain for the South-East is highlighted in the numbers allocated to other zones from the 37 officers promoted.
The promotion list indicated that the North West had 12; North East – eight (8); South West – seven (7); South South – five (5); and North Central – four (4) with only one for the South East.
Further demonstrating its annoyance at the position of things, Ohanaeze said it also rejects the unending and unnerving tendency of making the South East the whipping boy of the country in all matters of recruitments and appointments at the federal level.
However, in a statement to counterbalance the issue, the Police Service Commission through its Head of Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani states that Promotions of senior Police Officers including Promotion into the office of Commissioner of Police are based on availability of vacancies, seniority, free of any pending disciplinary matter and merit except in few cases of special promotion.
It also states that even for special promotion, there are laid down rules, regulations and conditions which an Officer must satisfy such as; must have stayed two years in a rank; must not have had any special
Promotion in the immediate past five years and must not have a pending disciplinary matter, (PDM).
The statement further adds that the Commission also allows the Inspector General of Police who is the operational head of the Police to recommend qualified and deserving Officers to the Commission for Promotion. This is a synergy the Commission has forged with the Police to ensure complementarity in the management of it’s Officers. The Commission do not and has never approved Promotion of any Police Officer based on ethnic or any other consideration except the ones stated above.
The Statement went further to reassure wishes to assure the leadership of the OHANEZE Ndigbo that it will at no time consciously marginalize any section of the country in the Promotion and deployment of senior Police Officers.
It pledges to be continually guided by the established rules guiding Promotions in the police and in the larger interest of the Nigerian nation.