Police ‘lopsided’ promotions: Justice Ogundipe heads review committee

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In his determination to bring back the past glory of the police, the new Chairman of Police Service Commission (PSC), Alhaji Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector-General of Police (IGP), has appointed retired Justice Clara Ogundipe to head the committee to review recent promotions alleged to have been lopsided.

“The committee started sitting two weeks ago, and it has called for the nominal roll of the entire police force,” a dependable source at the commission told Daily Independent.

“The committee is mandated to review all promotions from 2016 till date. After the screening, those who do not merit their promotions would be reverted to their former ranks,” the source added.

Daily Independent learnt that Justice Ogundipe, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, is being assisted by Lawa Bawa, a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG).

The timeframe given to the committee to submit its report was not immediately known, but the dependable source at the PSC explained that there was no timeframe because of the volume of work involved.

“The volume of work is much that was why they were not given a timeframe, because they are expected to do a thorough work, so that tomorrow nobody will say he or she was victimised.”

On Monday, Daily Independent exclusively reported that the commission’s new board members, on assumption of duty in July, received myriad of petitions from serving police officers who were said to be aggrieved over what they claimed was “lopsided promotions”.

The paper also reported that some of those who petitioned the commission claimed that when the list of promoted officers was released, their names were not among the successful officers even when they were due for promotion.

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