Emerging reports on the ongoing bribery scandal allegedly rocking the Nigerian Police Service Commission (PSC) has revealed that some police officers pay as much as N2.5 million to get special promotions.
Investigations reveal that police officers pay as much as N500,000 to benefit from the special promotion being coordinated by the PSC and office of the Inspector General of Police, DailyTrust reports.
According to a police source, “Officers pay as much as N500,000 to get promoted. It is only those that pay the money and those who are close to the top echelon of the police and politicians that are benefitting from the special promotion.”
“Special promotion, which is supposed to be a reward for gallantry and outstanding performance, has turned to cash and carry. Otherwise, why is that officers who are serving in the Northeast have not benefitted? Why is that all those who have benefitted are those manning juicy posts and close to politicians?” the source told the newspaper house.
Confirming the allegations, Sen. Misau who is a member of the anti-corruption committee of the Senate said:
“You are talking about N500, 000, it’s beyond that. A serving police officer aware of the trend has told me that they pay as much as N2.5 million to get special promotions. Other sources have also confirmed to me. So it is nothing but fact.”
Misau condemned the act and promised to discuss the issue with the leadership of the Senate when they resume from annual recess next month.
“We cannot just fold our hands and allow this to continue. The special promotion should be reversed as it was done during the time of Nuhu Ribadu. Unless this is done, the lives of Nigerians would no longer be secured. The special promotion is highly compromised.
“Corruption is not only associated with money, it has many forms and money for promotion is part of it. We have to urgently address this because the consequence is what we are witnessing today,” he said.
Recently, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had been petitioned by some lawyers and activists under the aegis of United Global Resolve for Peace (UGRFP) to intervene in the alleged one-sided promotion exercise in the Nigerian Police Force.
On allegations of of ethnicity, nepotism and favouritism in the promotion exercise, about 72 aggrieved policemen had lodged the complaints with the group over denial of their promotions. Consequently, the Acting President suspended the on-going promotion exercise in the police force.
However, the Spokesperson for the PSC, Ikechukwu Ani has denied the allegations disclosing that the commission had not released the names of the successful candidates. According to Ani, the complainants should have waited for the list before accusing the PSC of any form of injustice.
There seems to be an on-going war between the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Mr. Mike Okiro, and the Inspector General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris over the special promotion programme in the force among other sundry issues.
During an interview on Channels Television on Wednesday, August 9, Okiro had expressed grievances about the approach of Idris to the procedures required to effect special promotions in the police.
Okiro also insinuated that there was a discord and frosty relationship existing between him and the IG, given the inability of Idris to consult the PSC and his chairman on critical issues facing the police.
But the police PPRO, CSP Jimoh Moshood has clarified that “there is no frosty relationship between the police and PSC, adding that “our relationship is very cordial.”Moshood explained that there is no way the police and the PSC would be at loggerheads given that the commission is “the employer of the Nigerian Police.”