Lagos state Commissioner of Police Imohimi Edgal during his investiture.

The Lagos state acting Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, remains in his capacity pending the receipt of an order to the contrary according to the Police High Command, Abuja.

This is in reaction to reports of the demotion of Edgal from Police commissioner to Deputy Commissioner of Police as contained in a letter issued by the Police Service Commission (PSC).

The letter, addressed to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, informed Edgal he has been reverted to his old rank of deputy police commissioner.

Titled “Withdrawal of Acting appointment: AP 25095 Mohimi D. Edgal and AP. 36665 Aji Ali Janga”, the letter read in part:

“Our letter with Ref No PS/1924/Vol 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).”

Meanwhile, the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood, has said the PSC lacks the power to demote a police officer. He said the extent of the body’s power is the appointment, promotion and discipline of officers.

According to him, the demotion of an officer is dependent on such an officer has been referred to the Force disciplinary committee for a misdemeanour. Demotion is only possible if that is the recommendation of the disciplinary committee.

Moshood went on to tell the PSC to be mindful of carrying out actions beyond its office.

“They should not go beyond their powers. Nigeria Police Force can exist without PSC but PSC can’t exist without NFF. We are not aware of the reduction in power and acting CP Lagos state has not be demoted,” the FPRO told the Vanguard.