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Senate wades into alleged sideline of 900 ASPS for promotions

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Indication emerged on Thursday that Senate waded into alleged sidelined of not less than 900 Police officers on the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), in the just concluded promotion exercise by Nigerian Police Force.

The group in a petition signed by Fred Nwa, which was submitted to the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and obtained by our correspondent.

The group Concerned Citizens accused officers in the office of the Force Secretary of perpetrating the discriminatory exercise within the force by narrowing down on one Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of Discipline, ACP Jonathan Toworu.

Specifically, the officers as stated in the petition are aggrieved that while hundreds of their course mates (ASP Course 2010), were promoted to the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) or   given double promotions to the rank of Superintendent of Police (SP) last year, they were not considered in anyway. 

The petitioner alleged that even with available slots of 6.899 for officers on the rank of DSP in the force, going by directive given to that effect by the Police Service Commission, the Police highest hierarchy in Abuja, is not looking at that direction for such exercise.

According to them, Toworu had at different fora in recent time, boasted that the affected officers of Course 1/2010 , will never be promoted as long as he occupies his seat where he had allegedly spent 10 years.

The group therefore recommended in the petition that the presidency should mandate the Police Management Team and the Police Service Commission to look into the discrimination in the promotion scheme and in particular, look into the activities of ACP Jonathan Toworu alongside the evil manipulation and selective promotion perpetuated by his office.

Already, the petition has forwarded the copies of Petitions to Presidency, Police Service Commission, and House Representatives for urgent intervention.

The senate had earlier investigate similar  alleged lopsidedness in the promotions of the police under the watch of the Inspector General of the Police, Solomon Arase, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Abu Ibrahim has said.

A police officer had in an interview with a foreign radio station alleged that Arase was favouring a section of the country in the promotion of police.

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