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Mixed feelings among senior police officers as PCS considers disciplinary cases, promotions

By Dan-Maryam Zayamu

There is palpable anxiety among senior police officers as the body responsible for taking final decision on their promotions and disciplinary sanctions, – the Police Service Commission (PSC) – began sitting in Abuja, Expressday findings has found out.

The PSC has the mandate to appoint, promote, discipline and dismiss senior police officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) with the exception of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP).

Findings by Expressday among senior police officers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) indicated that those who have pending disciplinary cases are currently having sleepless nights thinking what will be their fate after the meeting.

On the other hand, senior officers who are due for promotion, according to a source, are anxious to know the outcome of the meeting as they want to know whether they are among those that have been penciled for promotion to the next rank.

“I am rally anxious because my promotion is overdue. I am believing God that I will be considered this time around. Most police officers who are in my shoe are also having sleepless nights. Even those who have committed one offence or the other and their cases are awaiting review, are also sleepless because they don’t know what will be their fate.

“I can tell you that most senior police officers who are expecting promotion are restless now,” a senior police officer who pleaded anonymity said.

The 8th Plenary meeting of the PSC which began Tuesday, June 9, 2020 will last till Thursday June 11.

A statement by the PSC Spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, revealed that the virtual meeting is presided over by the Commission’s Chairman, Musiliu Smith, a former Inspector General of Police.

“The meeting is expected to take far reaching decisions on pending Police disciplinary cases, Police promotions, recommendations on concluded Police investigations and several other pending matters.

“The 8th Plenary Meeting earlier scheduled for Tuesday, 24th and Wednesday 25th March 2020 was put off indefinitely.

“The suspension was in accordance with the containment/safety measures of the Federal Government in the wake of the Corona Virus pandemic.

“The plenary meeting is the highest decision making body of the Commission and it considers recommendations from its different Standing Committees,” the statement said.

Written by ExpressDay

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