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IGP sets up special Panel to investigate alleged bribery in Police Special promotions

…to submit reports in two weeks

Following the complaints and allegations of bribery leveled against the Nigerian Police Service Commission(PSC) and the office of the Inspector General of Police(IGP) on the recent promotion of officers, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris has set up a special Investigation Panel to investigate the alleged favoritism and lopsided nature of the special promotions.

This is coming days after the outburst of the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Navy, Senator Isah Hamma Misau who was a former police officer, revealing that officers pay as much as N2.5 million as bribe for special promotion in the Force.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had also been been petitioned by some lawyers and activists under the aegis of United Global Resolve for Peace(UGRFP) to intervene in the alleged one sided promotion characterised with flaws.

It was gathered that the Special Investigation Panel has consequently upon the directive of the Inspector General of Police invited Senator Isah Hamma Misau to a meeting to shed more lights and provide more details to the Panel that will assist them to conduct a very discreet investigation into his complaints and allegations, and those of other aggrieved Police officers.

According to a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh O. Moshood, the Panel amongst other responsibilities is:

“to investigate the complaints from Senator Isah Hamma Misau on allegations that Police Officers pay bribe for special promotion. Also investigate other complaints, petitions and grievances from Police Officers within the Force and from other members of the public on allegations of giving money for promotion, either special or otherwise.

“To determine the substance of the complaints, petitions and grievances from aggrieved Police Officers and members of the public on allegations of giving money for special promotions. And determine those who were involved

“To recommend appropriate judicial action and other punishments as it is appropriate in line with the provisions of Public Service Rules Section 030401 (j) (k) and other statutory enabling laws/Acts.”

The Panel is expected to submit reports to the Inspector General of Police within two (2) weeks.

To ensure the success of the investigation by the Panel, concerned Police Officers and members of the public are to use the following phone numbers or Whatapps to submit their petitions and complaints to the panel: 08054904443, 08035896648 and 08181895582

Joy Anyim

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