The House of Representatives on Wednesday resolved to probe the friction between the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Police Service Commission (PSC) over the alleged illegal promotion of police officers by the Inspector General.
This resolution followed the adoption of the motion sponsored Rep. Frederick Agbedi (PDP/Bayelsa) at plenary.
Moving the motion, Rep. Agbedi revealed that the police inspector general had appointed and posted state commissioners of police and promoted some officers without recourse to the general promotion guidelines or the Police Service Commission, a development the commission has frowned at and has threatened to review those appointments and demote such officers.
The lawmaker said that “some of the benefiting officers who felt aggrieved by the decision of the commission have threatened litigation if the said decision to demote them is carried out while those due, but denied promotion are also spoiling for action”.
According to Agbedi, by virtue of Section 153 (1) and paragraphs 30(a) and (b) of the Third Schedule to the 1999 Constitution, 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 Police Service Commission.
He added that by virtue of provisions of Section 160(1) of the constitution, the Police Service Commission 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 functions and in the exercise of the powers, the Police Service Commission in 2014, approved the general promotion guidelines for the promotion of officers.
When the motion was put to vote by Speaker Yakubu Dogara, it was unanimously adopted by members.
The speaker thereafter mandated the House Committee on Police Affairs to investigate and ascertain the propriety of the said appointment and promotions, and whether they were done in compliance with the provisions of constitution and the general promotion guidelines of the Nigeria Police Force.
The committee is expected to report its findings within eight weeks for further legislative action.