The Police Service Commission, PSC has debunked the claims of Ohanaeze that the Igbo were systematically being marginalized in promotions and appointments into senior positions in the police.
Ohanaeze had claimed that out of 37 police commissioners recently appointed that only one was Igbo. It further claimed that the Southeast was full of Northern commissioners of police.
Responding on behalf of the commission, the PSC’s Ikechukwu Ani, head press and public relations said:
“The Commission do not and has never approved Promotion of any Police Officer based on ethnic or any other consideration except the ones stated above.
“It is also important to state that it is not true that Command Commissioners of Police in the South East are all from the North. The CPs for Imo, Abia and Anambra states Commands are not Northerners. Only the CPs for Enugu and Ebonyi are from the North just as there are Igbo CPs in other Zones. The CP for Bayelsa and Oyo States are Igbos. There are also many other Igbo sons who are Commissioners of Police of different Police formations in the country.
“It is also not true that not many Igbo Officers are in the high echelon of the Force.
“Just recently, an Igbo son, former Commissioner of Police in charge of Police Budget who was promoted a Deputy Inspector General of Police was deployed as DIG A, that is overseeing Administration and Finance, a very sensitive Department in the Police Management team.
“The Commission wishes to assure the leadership of the OHANEZE Ndigbo that it will at no time consciously marginalize any section of the country in the Promotion and deployment of senior Police Officers.
“The Commission will continue to be guided by the established rules guiding Promotions in the police and in the larger interest of the Nigerian nation.”