The Police Service Commission (PSC) on Monday maintained that the rules were strictly followed in the recent promotion of top officers in the force.
The promotion of three Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIG) to Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) had generated some controversy, especially purported rejected of the exercise by the Inspector-General of Police, Idris Abubakar.
In a statement by the spokesperson of the PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, said the procedure was observed in the promotion of the three Assistant Inspectors-General of Police to Deputy Inspector-General.
He explained that before the recent promotions, the force had four DIGs representing four geo-political zones.
They are: Maigari Dikko from Katsina, representing North-West; Joshak Habila from Plateau, representing North-Central; Emmanuel Inyang from Akwa Ibom, representing South-South and Agboola Oshodi-Glover from Lagos, representing South-West.
He said that the commission considered the recommendations of the I-G of three AIGs for promotion to DIGs.
“They were Mohammed Usman from Bauchi, representing North-East; Peace Ibekwe-Abdallah from Anambra, representing South-East and Abdulsalami Iyaji from Kogi, representing the North-Central,” he said.
He said that at the time of the recommendation, Mohammed was the most senior AIG in the Force, but was curiously not recommended.
Ani said: “The commission in its wisdom and satisfying the necessary and relevant requirements approved the recommendations of Sani Usman to take the place of the North-East and Ibekwe-Abdallah for the South-East.
“It rejected the recommendation of Iyaji and in his place promoted the most senior AIG, Mohammed from the North-West.
“It is instructive to note that all the geo-political zones are fully represented in the DIG cadre in the Force and the remaining vacant slot was ceded to the most senior AIG.
“It is further instructive to note that the I-G is also from Niger state, and invariably also representing North-Central. No Geo-political Zone is therefore left out in the promotion.”