Promotion scandal rocks police weeks to IGP’s retirement

Barely three weeks left before the retirement of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, there are rumbles within force headquarters over the omission of the promotion of police officers.

Police sources told theportcitynews that there was mass promotion of police officers in the rank and file cadre in 2020, however, the names of the officers numbering over 20 and serving under the Delta State police command were omitted.

It was gathered that most of the officers whose names were omitted were enlisted in 2002. While their mates have risen to the rank of Inspectors, they are still hanging the ranks of Sergeant after having their names omitted during a similar promotion few years ago despite not having any disciplinary records.

The police sources explained that the IGP noticed the omissions and demanded through a signal sent to the various police commands by the department of police welfare that each command forward the names of the affected officers. However, the Delta State Police command submitted their own list since 27th November but the issue is yet to be corrected months after.

A Senior police officer in Abuja who did not want his name in print said that if the IGP retires on February 1, it would be impossible for the omissions to be corrected.

According to him, “some persons may be sitting on those files for a reason best to them”

“If they had missed a similar promotion two years ago, then there is a problem somewhere. How are they supposed to protect lives and properties if they are not well taken care of? Where is their moral?”

Some of the affected told theportcitynews that the issue has caused them sleepless nights and lack of morale to effectively discharge their duties.