- As the tenure of Sir Mike Okiro as chairman of Police Service Commission comes to an end on June 12, different candidates have reportedly been vying for the position
- One of those vying for the position is former inspector general of police, Abba Suleiman, who was sacked by ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan
- The other candidate eyeing the position is a retired deputy inspector general of police, Israel Ajao
Investigation has revealed that Suleiman Abba, former inspector general of police, and Israel Ajao, retired deputy inspector general of police, have been shortlisted for the position of chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC).
Legit.ng notes that investigation by Daily Independent revealed this reality.
Sir Mike Okiro's tenure as chairman of PSC would statutorily expire on June 12, 2018.
According to sources close to Okiro and the presidency, although Okiro is not willing to stay another five years as chairman of PSC, the presidency is not disposed to renewing his tenure.
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Sources at PSC and forces headquarters said: “There are pressures from some serving police officers urging Okiro to seek for an extension, because since he took over there have been rapid promotions for policemen.
“Officers are promoted as and when due and on seniority basis. He also encourages hard work by promoting officers who perform the extra feat, and he is not biased."
It was reported that politicians who have the ears of President Muhammadu Buhari are pushing against Okiro’s extension in order for their candidates to assume the position.
It was learnt that some top northern politicians are pushing for Suleiman, giving the reason that former president Goodluck Jonathan sacked him because he was disloyal to him, alleging that he was working underground for Buhari when he was yet to be sworn in as president.
According to a top politician in the southwest, Ajao should be given the job because Yoruba votes contributed largely to Buhari's victory. The politician reportedly told Buhari that for him to convince the Yoruba race to vote for him again, he should appoint a Yoruba persons into sensitive national positions.
It was learnt that the deal was discussed when the president came to Lagos on a two-day working tour.
One of the newly appointed commissioners who is yet to be sworn in said in confidence: “The president is already succumbing to the pressure from the top politician. Whoever the president appoints, we will work with him.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Police Service Commission (PSC) announced the promotion of 414 senior police officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to their next ranks.
This was contained in a statement made available to news men in Abuja on March 6, by the spokesman of the commission, Ikechukwu Ani.
According to the statement, three Commissioners of Police (CP) were promoted to the next rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG); four Deputy Commissioners (DCP) to Commissioners of Police (CP) and 12 Assistant Commissioners (ACP) to Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCP).
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