OrderPaperToday- The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the ongoing conflict between the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Nigeria Police Service Commission (NPSC) over the promotion of 1,500 officers.
The Green Chamber reached its resolution following the adoption of a motion raised by Fred Agbedi (PDP, Bayelsa).
According to media reports, over one thousand officers of the Nigeria Police Force were promoted under the IGP’s special promotion. However, the NPSC made moves to demote the officers concerned but the IGP described the move as “selective.”
In a letter to the PSC Chairman, Musiliu Smith, with reference number: CE:2300/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOL.27/46, the IGP stated that the planned demotion was discriminatory on account of its arbitrary selection of officers to be affected.
While moving the motion for the investigation, Agbedi said it was necessary for the House to step into the matter in order to determine whether or not the promotion complied with existing laws.
”The House notes that Section 153(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) established for the federation, a Police Service Commission (PSC) saddled with the responsibility to appoint and promote persons to offices (other than the office of the Inspector General of Police) in the Nigeria Police Force.
”The House also notes that by virtue of the provisions of Section 153 (1) and paragraphs 30(a) and (b) of the Third Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), the power to appoint, promote, dismiss and discipline officers of the Nigeria Police Force (other than the Inspector General of Police) falls within the exclusive purview of the PSC.
”The House further notes that by virtue of the provisions of Section 160 (1) of the Constitution, the PSC is empowered to make rules to regulate its own procedures or confer power and impose duties on any officer or authority for the purpose of discharging its function.
”And in the exercise of the powers, the PSC, in 2014, approved the General Promotion Guidelines for the promotion of officers.
”The House is aware that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) has appointed and posted State Commissioners of Police and promoted some officers of the Force without recourse to the General Promotion Guidelines or the PSC, a development which the commission frowned at and has threatened to review those appointments and demote such officers,” he said.
When Speaker Dogara put the motion to a voice vote, the lawmakers unanimously endorsed it.
The House Committee on Police Affairs was then mandated to investigate and ascertain the propriety or otherwise of the promotions, to ascertain whether they were done in compliance with the provisions of the constitution and the General Promotion Guidelines of the NPF.
The committee is to report back within eight weeks for further legislative action.