Igbo police officers are favoured with promotions and deployments, Police Service Commission (PSC) tells Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

The Commission said it is not true that Igbos are not treated fairly in senior officer promotions and postings.

Ohaneze President, Chief Nnia Nwodo observed that only one igbo officer made it to the Commissioner rank in the recent police promotions.

He also wondered why all Commissioners manning South East States Police Commands must come from the North.

Ohanaeze further accused the police of not allowing Igbo Officers to climb to the high echelon of the Force.

The Commission however dismissed all the objections raised by Ohaneze.

“The Commission do not and has never approved promotion … based on ethnic consideration,” the Commission said in a statement.

Pomotion to Commissioner of Police rank is based on “availability of vacancies, seniority, free of any pending disciplinary matter, and merit.”

The exceptions are “in few cases of special promotion,” Commission spokesperson, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani, who signed the statement said.

“Even for special promotion, there are laid down rules, regulations and conditions which an Officer must satisfy,” Ani explained.

The officer, he said, “must have stayed two years in a rank; must not have had any special
Promotion in the immediate past five years and must not have a pending disciplinary matter.”

He also said the Inspector General is allowed to recommend qualified and deserving Officers to the Commission for Promotion.

‘Igbos are in high ranking positions’

The Police Service Commission also rejected insinuations that the police commands in the south east are manned by “northerners” only.

“The CPs for Imo, Abia and Anambra states Commands are not Northerners. Only the CPs for Enugu and Ebonyi are from the North just as there are Igbo CPs in other Zones.

“The CP for Bayelsa and Oyo States are Igbos. There are also many other Igbo sons who are Commissioners of Police of different Police formations in the country.

“It is also not true that not many Igbo Officers are in the high echelon of the Force.

“Just recently, an Igbo son, former Commissioner of Police in charge of Police Budget who was promoted a Deputy Inspector General of Police was deployed as DIG A, that is overseeing Administration and Finance, a very sensitive Department in the Police Management team.

“The Commission wishes to assure the leadership of the OHANEZE Ndigbo that it will at no time consciously marginalize any section of the country in the Promotion and deployment of senior Police Officers.

“The Commission will continue to be guided by the established rules guiding Promotions in the police and in the larger interest of the Nigerian nation.”

Police Service Commission takes Ohanaeze to the cleaners over claims that igbo police officers are not favoured in appointments.