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Allegation of Promotion Scam in Police Service Commission is untrue – Board

The Police Service Commission on Friday denied allegations of promotion scandal with regards to recent promotions undertaken by the board.

It described allegations to that effect in the media as baseless.

A statenent by Ikechukwu Ani, spokesman for the commission said, “The attention of the Police Service Commission has been drawn to an online publication, of Thursday, December 13th, 2018, captioned, “Revealed: Promotion And Bribery Scandal Rocks Police Service Commission and Nigeria Police Force”.

“The publication referred to an alleged petition by some aggrieved Police Officers.

“The alleged petition dated 10th December, 2018 and written by concerned Officers of Course 23/2009 Cadets and addressed to the Chairman of PSC, raised concerns of instances of placing their juniors precisely those of course 24/2010 and course 3/2010 Staff College Jos ahead of them on seniority roll.

“The Commission wishes to state that there is no case of corruption in the promotion of Police Officers.

“Although the Commission is in possession of the petition which was received just two days ago (12th December, 2018), on this subject, the issues raised have nothing to do with the new management.

“The promotions in question were done by the immediate last Management on June 11th, 2018.

“The new Management on assumption of duty noticed the error and has since started working to rectify it in line with its decision to ensure that police promotions must be based on established rules and regulations and due process.

“The Commission’s next Plenary Meeting which holds before the end of the year is expected to correct the errors and place the officers at their proper positions.

“The Commission has also directed the Inspector General of Police that henceforth he must ensure that the staff list of all ranks are updated before forwarding any recommendation for promotion. Consequently the Commission has communicated with him our stepping down the promotion of the DSPs to SpP and ASPs to DSP, pending the receipt of the updated records which will enable us properly consider the recommendations.

“The Commission wishes to state once again that the new Management is committed to entrenching probity, competence, rule of law and seniority in the management of Police promotions.

“We have noted that the publication by Desert Herald negates all ethics of journalism by not taking measures to verify the authenticity of the allegation.

” The Commission will therefore like to advise that serious issues like the one in question be handled with caution and responsibly as in future any further attempt to drag the image of the Commission to the mud will attract appropriate legal action.”

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