Rights activists commend PSC over promotion of police officers
Some civil rights activists have commended the Police Service Commission for the recent promotion of police officers in the service.
The Executive Director of CISLAC, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, in a phone interview with our correspondent on Wednesday, said it was important that deserving officers were promoted as and when the opportunity arises.
The PSC had on Tuesday approved, among others, the elevation of Assistant Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, as Deputy Inspector General of Police.
Some Commissioners of Police promoted to the next rank of Assistant Inspector General are the former CP, Force Education, Rabi Umar; the AIG Police Mobile Force, Mathew Akinyosola; CP Ogun, Frank Mba; CP Bayelsa Command, Nebolisa Okolo; among others.
Reacting to the promotion, Rafsanjani said, “We are commending the PSC for ensuring that those who deserve to be promoted are promoted. It is very frustrating when people who are supposed to have been promoted for the past 10 years are not being promoted.
“That is very discouraging. Therefore, CISLAC is saluting the effort by the Police Service Commission to ensure that those who deserve to be promoted are promoted.”
He added, “One of the advocacy activities we are making is that those who duly deserve to be promoted within the police must be promoted without being denied their due promotion based on merit.
“But we do not also support political promotion whereby other police officers who have been due for promotion are being denied because of the way the system has become very rotten. Everything does not have to do with settlements.”
In his own reaction, the Executive Director, The Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre, Okechukwu Nwanguma, said though commendable, the exercise appeared like a routine exercise as it tended to fill positions vacated by death or retirement.
Nwanguma said, “The recent police promotions announced by the PSC appear to me like a routine exercise. From the report, it would appear that there were vacancies to be filled with the retirement or death of some senior officers previously occupying those ranks.
“Egbetokun, for instance, who is promoted a DIG, is to fill the vacant position meant for the South-West geopolitical zone. The DIGs who form part of the police management are selected to represent each geopolitical zone.
“When any officer retires or dies, the next in seniority is usually promoted to fill the vacant slot for the zone. And when that happens, it often has a multiplier effect. It creates other vacancies down the line.
“That may explain why the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Frank Mbah, who was recently promoted CP, has so soon been promoted again to AIG. That’s probably to fill a vacancy for that rank or to fill a slot for a region.
“I congratulate the newly promoted officers, and I expect they will apply their knowledge and operational and professional skills to contribute to effective policing and the delivery of safety, security, and justice as our country is in dire need of security and justice.”