IGP asks PSC to obey court order on demotion of 1,000 policemen

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The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has urged the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, PSC, Musiliu Smith, to abide by the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, restraining the Commission from demoting officers promoted for their performance in combating crime.

The officers promoted included those that arrested notorious kidnap suspects, Evans, in Lagos, and Vampire in Owerri, Imo State. Six police officers among the 1,000 promoted by the Police Service Commission following recommendations by the Inspector General of Police between 2016 and 2018, had filed a motion ex parte before the Federal High Court, Abuja, stopping PSC from demoting them and the others.

They claimed that their promotions were in compliance with all the requirements of the law for officers to be promoted for superlative performance. Justice Abdu-Kafarati, who presided over the matter, restrained PSC, who are defendants in the suit, their agents and servants from demoting the plaintiffs and several other Police officers duly promoted by the Inspector General.

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