Alleged Bribe-For-Promotion Rocks Police Service Commission, As Senior Police Officers Petitions Presidency, Buhari Angry, Orders Probe
President Muhammadu Buhari may have ordered a thorough probe of allegations wide-spread corruption in the Police Service Commission (PSC), by senior Police Officers. In series of petitions, the Senior Police Officers are alleging that the Police Service Commission, which is headed by a former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, may have fundamentally circumvented both Police and Civil Service rules in the recent consideration and promotions of some Police Officers across the country to the ranks Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner (DCP).
The President is said to be particularly miffed by the recurring allegations that the promotion exercise by the PSC was heavily influenced by financial inducements and crass nepotism. Even the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu is said to be in full support of the probe and possible reversal of the recent controversial promotion exercise, given that this latest rumbling among senior officers of the Police is coming at a time the Police management team is still working on ways to boost the morale of Police Officers after the #Endsars protests in the country.
In the same regard, the percieved lopsided nature of the recent promotions to Commissioner cadres in the police has attracted the sharp rebuke of a number of socio-cultural organizations in the country, including Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo. Both organisations have decried the recent promotions by the Police Service Commission as the highly provocative.
The PSC announced the promotion of 37 police officers to their next ranks about two weeks ago. Out of this figure, the North West got 12, North East 8, South West got seven, while the South South got five; North Central got four while the South East got only one.
However, in series of petitions to the President and the Minister of Police Affairs, some senior Police officers who were said to be very qualified for promotion but were curiously over looked by the PSC in favour of far junior and less qualified officers, blamed their plight on corruption rather than ethnic or religious considerations. “While we are not ruling out crass nepotism in the consideration of less qualified officers for promotion, we are however very convinced that bribery and corruption played much more defining role at the PSC during the consideration of Officers for promotion,” a group of Senior Police Officers alleged in a petition to the President and copied to the Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi.
For example, according to the aggrieved Senior Police Officers, on the 19th of December, 2020, the Police Service Commission announced the promotion of 29 Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACP) to the rank of Deputy Commissioners of Police from a pool of 46 ACP’s due for promotion, who were last promoted (to ACP) on the 5th of September, 2016. They were selected according to their serial numbers to fill up the vacancies.
“After that announcement, several ACPs were approached to give bribe to be added to the promotion list which they dismissed, as it was believed that the PSC had already completed the process. The list was released to the Police Force on the 24th of December, 2020 and it was noticed that 37 ACPS (an additional 8) had been promoted.” The Police Officers said, adding that after a careful examination of the list, the following were observed: