A leading right group in the South East, International Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law, Intersociety, has accused the police authorities of marginalizing the South East region in the promotion and appointment of senior police officers, lamenting that no Igbo man is a member the police management team.
The group in a statement said that the zone has no Deputy Inspector of Police, DIG, no Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, few commissioners of police.
“There are no serving Igbo senior police officers in the top ranks of DIG and AIG in Nigeria”, Intersociety lamented and described as unjust a situation where the zone has no person in the Nigeria Police Management Team.
Signed by the chairman of the group, Emeka Umeagbalasi and other officials, Obianuju Joy Igboeli and Evangeline Chidinma Udegbunam, the statement said “the allocation of zero Police DIGs and AIGs and only six CPs to Southeast Region or Igbo Land is totally rejected”, and called for a proper review of the situation to reflect justice and fairness.
“Out of seven DIGs who head seven key department of the NPF, Southeast must be given at least one DIG. The Southeast must also be entitled totwo Police Zonal Command AIGs, out of the country’s 12 and minimum off our and maximum of five AIGs out of about 20-22 serving Police AIGs. “In the area of serving CPs, presently numbering about 95, the Southeast must be given at least 15 CPs and not less than six State Command Commissioners of Police.