Po­lice of­fi­cers pay bribe for spe­cial pro­mo­tion – Se­na­tor It is not true – Com­mis­sion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Is­mail Mu­dashir & By Ron­ald Mu­tum

Chair­man of the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Navy, Se­na­tor Isah Hamma Misau (APC, Bauchi) said po­lice of­fi­cers pay as much as N2.5mil­lion to get spe­cial pro­mo­tion through the Po­lice Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (PSC).

Misau, a re­tired po­lice of­fi­cer told our cor­re­spon­dent when con­tacted on the bribery scan­dal al­legedly rock­ing the PSC.

A source had told our cor­re­spon­dent 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.

The source said: 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 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 politi­cian?’’ he said.

But when con­tacted to speak on it, Misau 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 pro­mo­tion. Other sources have also con­firmed to me. So it is noth­ing but fact.’’

Misau who is mem­ber of the anti-cor­rup­tion com­mit­tee of the Se­nate said he would 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,’’ he said.

He added that: “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 wit­ness to­day’’.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that in 2008, a for­mer chair­man of the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC), Malam Nuhu Ribadu and 138 oth­ers were de­moted over spe­cial pro­mo­tion scan­dal.

Also speak­ing, a serv­ing po­lice of­fi­cer (name with­held) said the trend has neg­a­tively af­fected per­for­mance and morale, say­ing bribe for pro­mo­tion was one of the rea­sons the coun­try was record­ing in­crease in cases of crime.

“I’m tired of the bribe for pro­mo­tion. Ju­nior of­fi­cers are be­ing pro­moted and de­ployed to strate­gic lo­ca­tions. I swear if I have cap­i­tal I would’ve re­signed from the force,” he said.

At the weekend, some lawyers and ac­tivists un­der the aegis of United Global Re­solve for Peace (UGRFP), urged Act­ing Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo to look into the favouritism and ex­clu­sion in the on­go­ing pro­mo­tion in the po­lice.

Mean­while, the Po­lice Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (PSC) has de­nied a re­port that its of­fi­cials are in the habit of col­lect­ing bribes from po­lice of­fi­cers to fa­cil­i­tate their pro­mo­tion.

When con­tacted the spokesman of the Com­mis­sion Ikechukwu Ani said, “It is not true. The Com­mis­sion has not and will never col­lect bribes for pro­mo­tion.

“The IGP sends rec­om­men­da­tions and the Com­mis­sion con­sid­ers the pro­mo­tion and takes a de­ci­sion.”

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