The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) says the Police Service Commission (PSC), has no power to demote acting Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Imohimi Edgal to his old rank.
Recall we had reported on Thursday that the PSC reversed Acting Commissioners of Police in Lagos and Kogi state to their old ranks.
Edgal Imohimi is the Acting Commissioner of Police in Lagos state, while Ali Janga is the Kogi state Acting Commissioner of Police.
The letter dated October 8, 2017, obtained by ALEDEH and titled: Withdrawal of Acting Appointment: AP:25095 Mohimi D. Edgal And AP. 36665 Aji Ali Janga, read in part: “Our letter with Ref, No. PS/1924/COL. IX/ dated 22nd August 2017 conveying the Honourable Chairman’s anticipatory approval for the placement of the above-named officers as Acting Commissioners of Police refers, please.
“The Commission, at its 24th Plenary Meeting of 27th and 28th September 2017 took a decision not to ratify the anticipatory approval.
“The Officers are, therefore, reverted to their substantive rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP).
“Please, accept the assurances of the Commission’s high esteem”, the letter read.
The letter was signed by the commission’s Permanent Secretary, Mr. M.F. Istifanus, on behalf of the Chairman, Mr. Mike Okiro.
Reacting to the letter, the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, a Chief Superintendent of Police, said Edgal was still the CP Lagos, in an acting capacity.
Moshood said: “The PSC has the power to appoint, promote and discipline officers. But they don’t have the power to demote.
“They can only demote an officer after the Force disciplinary committee has looked into what the officer has done and then recommend him for discipline. They can only authorize them to authenticate what the Police take to them
“In this case acting CP Edgal has not committed any disciplinary offence and the Force disciplinary committee has not recommended him for reduction. They cannot demote him and they have no such powers.
“They should not go beyond their powers. Nigeria Police Force can exist without PSC but PSC can’t exist without NPF. We are not aware of the reduction in power and acting CP Lagos state has not be demoted”, the FPRO stated.
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