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Mass promotion of police officers underway as PSC, IGP plan more units

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The chairman of Police Service Police Commission, PSC, Mike Okiro, has hinted that there would be mass promotion of senior police officers who have been stagnated on one rank.

He said the mass promotion would begin in the next three months.

Speaking on WFM radio programme, Mr Okiro said PSC and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, are working out a structure in the police to create vacancies for officers who are due for promotion but have not been 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”.

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According to him, many Chief Superintendents of Police, CSPs, were due for promotion to the next rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP.

Mr Okiro said there are many officers who have spent eight to ten years on one rank, saying the stagnation may affect their performance.

“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 incorruptible policemen,” he added.

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