Police Service Commission Chairman, Dr. Mike Okiro has denied approving any letter demoting the Lagos State Acting Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police.
It would be recalled that the Permanent Secretary, Police Service Commission Musa Istifanus, had written to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, about the demotion of Imohimi to his former rank of DCP.
The said letter has created misperception and disquiet within the Police leadership hierarchy and also among the Stakeholders.
According to Okiro, he said he told the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to disregard the letter written by the commission’s Permanent Secretary, Musa Istifanus, concerning the demotion.
Okiro said; “The letter was not authorized by the commission; Istifanus did not write on my behalf. I read the letter too like everybody and I have told the IG to ignore it. The letter was not authorized at all. I will meet with Istifanus about it and find out how the letter came about,” Okiro said.
Also the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, also stated that Imohimi remains the Acting Lagos CP.
“The PSC has the power to appoint, promote and discipline officers, but it does not have the power to demote. It can only demote an officer after the Force Disciplinary Committee has looked into what the officer has done and then recommend him for a disciplinary action, PSC can only authenticate what the police take to it.
“In this case, Acting CP Imohimi has not committed any disciplinary offence and the Force Disciplinary Committee has not recommended him for demotion,” he said.