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A’Ibom police cadets lament ethnic bias in promotion

Akwa Ibom police cadets lament ethnic bias in promotion

A group of aggrieved Policemen, mostly from Akwa Ibom state who came into the Police Force under Course 38/2009 and Course 39/2010 has petitioned Senate President Bukola Saraki.

They complained over the negligence of some men of their rank for promotion to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police II. 

The policemen petitioned the senate president referred to a Letter No. SH:4650/FS/FHQ/DSB/2015/VOL.1/34, sent out in January, 2016, and Letter No. SH: 4650/FS/FHQ/DSB/2015/T3/4 sent out in June 2016. 

They lamented that some members from the four hundred and twenty three man strong course have been side-lined in the promotion exercise. 

In their petition, the group of policemen alleged that the men promoted during the promotion exercise were of a lesser rank and course year. 

They blamed their non-inclusion on ethnic bias. 

By the foregoing the members of class 2009/10 have served in the force for seven years without any promotion. 

That is against the directive which mentioned all Cadet Inspectors both Batch “A” and “B” 2009/2010, as deserving promotion. 

“These two promotions has cost some of us tears and loss of confidence in ourselves as we do not have a voice at the head of affairs in Nigeria police force. 

“We were recruited into Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil, Kano in 2009/2010. 

“After passing through all the necessary process for promotion, some of us were shocked to our bone marrow to discover that some of our mates were promoted in some state in January 11th 2016.

“We were crying and as a result a letter was sent from Police Service Commission with Ref. No: PSC/1987/VOL.1/149 dated 16th January, 2016 to the Inspector General of Police requesting for the list of Inspectors of police who attended the year 2015 Departmental Selection Board (DSB) but were not promoted.” 

“After six month of waiting another promotion was released on the 7th June, 2016 as a supplementary promotion to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police but most of us were not still promoted even when our performance where above average and also recommended in Departmental Selection Board (DSB) in 2015 for promotion.” 

The group wondered why their course year have been side-lined in the promotion exercise. 

“[Their] prayed the senate president to mediate for them with the Police Service Commission Chairman and the Inspector General, so that fifty four (54) cadet Inspectors from Course 38/2009 and course 39/2010 that were left behind can be promoted.  

They also asked that their promotion too should be backdated to make them equals to their counterparts in other states. 

The petition was copied to:

– the Deputy Senate President, 

– Inspector General of Police, 

– the Chairman Police Service Commission,

– the Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, 

– the Minister of Interior, and,

– Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, Senate Minority Leader, among others. 

The  Course 38/2009, and Course 39 /2010 recruitment was done in quota system per state, some state were ten (10) in number while some where fifteen (15) and twenty (20) respectively. 

With a total of four hundred and twenty three men who graduated from the Nigeria Police Force Academy, Wudil Kano state.

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