Nigeria Police Force Headquarters, Abuja, has denied allegations of lopsidedness in recent promotion, posting of senior police officers amongst others.
The police high command also denied allegations that the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase had given preferential treatment to police officers from a particular part of the country.
According to a statement by the force spokeswoman, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, the attention of the Nigeria Police Force management team has been drawn to a report aired by one of the national radio stations alleging lopsidedness in recent promotions, posting of senior police officers amongst others.
The statement said, “The police authorities wish to categorically state that there is no iota of truth in the report as promotion of senior officers are done by Police Service Commission and not by the office of the IGP.
It said the postings of Assistant Inspectors-General of Police to zonal commands and Commissioners of Police to state commands were made by the same body that is saddled with the oversight functions on the Nigeria Police Force based on recommendation of the IGP, who knows the operational competence and chemistry of the officers.
“It is also a fact that promotion in the Force is primarily based on availability of vacancies, seniority and merit. All promotions are subject to satisfying minimum requirements set by Police Service Commission and availability of vacancies. For avoidance of doubt, the recent promotions released by the PSC indicate as follows: i. The statement cleared that it the North-Central Nigeria there is one AIG and one CP.
ii. DCP to CP = 5 (N/East 2; N/West 2; S/West 1)
iii. Ag DCP to DCP = 2 (N/East 2)
iv. Ag ACP to ACP = 4 (N/West 1; N/Central 1; S/West 1; S/East 1)
v. CSP to ACP = 20 (N/Central 6; N/West 5; N/East 2; Rivers 1; S/East 4; S/South 1; S/West 1)
The police high command also revealed that there were 59 commanders in the mobile police force across the country (N/East 8; N/Central 8; N/West 14; S/South 11; S/West 11; S/East 7)
There are 10 senior police officers (N/Central 5; N/East 3; S/West 1; S/East 1) in the IGP secretariat.
“Further, allegations of irregularities in posting of police officers are unfounded even as posting to offices is informed by personnel’s capability and competence. The IGP views the allegations not only as malicious but also capable of creating disaffection among officers.
“In view of the current security challenges facing the country, the IGP called on all good people of Nigeria to disregard any report capable of causing distraction especially now that all efforts should be galvanized towards national security in the new year.”
He, however, enjoined journalists to uphold the ethical standards of their noble profession and charged them to verify their facts before going to press or on air.

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