Presidency Stops Okiro’s ‘Parting Promotion Gift’ To Police Officers After The Eagle Online Story

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The Eagle Online has learnt that the Presidency has stepped into the plot by the outgoing Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Sir Mike Mbam Okiro, to give some senior Police Officers “parting promotion gift”.

According to highly reliable sources, The Presidency, after the story by The Eagle Online on June 1, 2018, titled: “Police Chiefs angry as Okiro prepares another special promotion list as ‘parting gift,’” stepped in.

Findings by The Presidency, it was learnt, confirmed the plot by Okiro, who is due to leave office on June 11.

A source in the Presidency told The Eagle Online: “The Presidency has ordered the exercise stopped.

“This was after confirming that the story is true in its entirety.”

Okiro was appointed on a single tenure of five years on June 11, 2013.

Another former Inspector-General of Police, Musiliu Smith, has been named as his replacement based on an approval by President Muhammadu Buhari.

As reported by The Eagle Online on June 1, 2018, since Okiro’s appointment, several scandals had rocked his administration, chief among them being allegations of promotions for sale to highest bidder, often clothed as special promotions.

Okiro had been confronted with some of these accusations and allegations, but had staunchly denied them.

The latest allegation now is that Okiro has fine-tuned plans and had come up with a masterplan to promote some policemen to the ranks of Commissioners of Police.

According to sources, Okiro has allegedly described the forthcoming promotions as his “parting gift”.

Policemen are however seething because those that are going to benefit from the alleged parting gift are at the lower cadre of Deputy Commissioners of Police.

The promotion will witness the beneficiaries becoming senior to those already at the upper cadre waiting for their promotion.

Source: The Eagle Online

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