Senior officials of the Nigeria Police Force are set to be promoted following a public announcement made by a member in the know.
Chairman of Police Service Police Commission (PSC) and retired Inspector-General of Police, Sir Mike Okiro, has disclosed that in three months, there would be mass promotion of senior police officers who have been stagnated on one rank.
He disclosed this when he feature on a programme on WFM 91.7 radio station in Lagos.
Okiro said his Commission and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, “are working out a structure in the police to create vacancies for officers who are due for promotion but have not be promoted due to lack of vacancies for them.
“I feel for them, because it is not because they have bad records but because there are no vacancies. You cannot promote an officer to a higher rank and there is no office for his or her new rank”.
He noted that many Chief Superintendents of Police (CSPs) were due for promotion to the next rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP).
Okiro lamented that many of the officers have spent eight to ten years on one rank, admitting that the situation can affect their performance.
On indiscipline and corruption in the Nigeria Police Force, the PSC chairman said that while he was IGP he decentralised the X-Squad section of the police, which deals with arrest and discipline of erring police officers.
“For effectiveness I gave a standing order that every state Commissioner of Police should have X-Squad section in their commands.
“This is because you don’t expect police in Abuja to go to either Sokoto or Calabar and arrest erring policemen. So it is easier to monitor erring policemen in the state by X-Squad team.
“They are Nigerians. If the society is corrupt, it will produce corrupt policemen. If the society is decent it will also produce uncorrupt policemen,” he said.
Okiro reiterated the warning that any policeman found to be corrupt would be punished by the X-Squad section already in place to check the menace.