…PSC commits errors, Okiro in trouble
There is disquiet in the Nigeria Police Force following errors committed by the Police Service Commission (PSC) on the retirement of an Assistant Inspector- General of Police and appointment of two Deputy Inspectors-General of Police.
While theÂ affected AIG is Mr. Femi Ogunbayode, the DIGs areÂ Shuaibu GamboÂ (Department of Finance and Administration) and Ntom Chukwu (Department of Research andÂ Planning).
According to investigation by our correspondent, AIG Ogunbayode was by far a junior to the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Idris Ibrahim but he was erroneously included in the list of the 21 AIGs retired on July 1.
A statement by the Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, said: “The Police Service Commission has approved the retirement of 21 Assistant Inspectors General of Police who were senior to the new acting Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, before his appointment.”
A top source, who spoke in confidence said: “Shortly after the announcement of the retirement of the AIGs, it was discovered that Ogunbayode was a junior officer to the Acting IGP.
“This error has caused tension in the police and the service commission because Ogunbayode was a victim of wrong compilation of names of seniors to the Acting IGP.
“Attempts to correct the lapse have failed because the PSC does not want to reverse itself.”
Also, it was gathered that Shuaibu Gambo, who was elevated from AIG to DIG in charge of Department of Finance and Administration, was found to be the most senior among the AIGs to the Acting IGP.
On his part, a Commissioner of Police(CP), Ntom Chukwu , who has been made the DIG of the Department of Research andÂ Planning was not the most senior CP from the South-East.
Police records indicated that instead of the choice of CP Paul Okafor as a DIG, he was skipped for Chukwu.
A police source said: “The retirement and appointments made by the PSC were not water-tight at all. But the commission was not ready to admit its faults.
“The criteria were skewed in favour of some officers because of certain extraneous factors. This is why the PSC commissioners were also divided on the reshuffling in the Nigeria Police Force.
“We call on the President to look at the injustice meted out to innocent officers. It is just unfortunate thatÂ the career of some officers will just be brought ruined based on pettiness.”
As at press time, investigation confirmed plans by some officers to go to court to challenge the errors.
“The battle may shift to court in order to seek redress and avert a reoccurrence in the future.
“The PSC needs to be tidier than it is presently the case. Prejudices should not creep into sensitive appointments like these in the past few days.”