Reports reaching us that some group of lawyers and activists under the aegis of the United Global Resolve for Peace (UGRFP) have urged Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to look into complaints of favouritism and exclusions in the ongoing promotion exercise in the Nigeria Police Force.
Daily trust repprted that the Executive Secretary of the group, Mr Pelumi Olajengbesi, told newsmen in Abuja on Friday that they were inundated with complaints from serving Police officers over alleged parochialism and recklessness in the promotion of ranks and files of the officers with over 72 others complaining of being excluded in the exercise despite their due and being qualified for promotions.
Olajengbesi said: “We urged the Inspector General (IG) of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC) Chief Mike Okiro to be called to order over the injustice being done to officers that are due and deserve promotions.
“We are worried that this development is happening at a time many Nigerians are appreciating the efforts of the Police due to the gallantry being displayed its officers.
“Denying deserving officers their promotion rights might discourage them and roll back the gains recorded so far. Promotions should not be based on favouritism but on justice and equity.
“We are also urging officers especially at the local level to reach out to us if they were also affected this exclusion.”
Also, the Executive Director of the group, Olaseni Shalom, said while the IG compiled and recommended officers deserving and due for promotions, it is the PSC that implement the promotion exercise, adding “If Police Officers deserve promotion they should not be denied that right.”
On his part, a humanitarian lawyer Ojoge Daniel Tomi said Section 153 of the Constitution and relevant sections of the PSC Act 2001 stipulated promotions and other activities, it should be done without favouritism.
“We urged the Acting President to beam a searchlight on the exercise. If we commend the Police for honouring some gallant officers, we are duty bound to also raise alarm if those that deserve to be promoted are being denied their rights,” he said.