The Police Service Commission (PSC) has said that it rejected Abdul Iyaji, one of the AIGs nominated for promotion to DIG by Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, becaue it was not right since he was not the most senior officer from the North-West zone.
The Commission stated this in a statement in Abuja on Monday by its spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, explaining that it instead promoted Musa Mohammed as a DIG, being the most senior officer from the North-West.
The PSC said the promotion was in line with its desire to sanitise the police and return the organisation to the path of rectitude.
The Commission, headed by a former IG, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, added that since the new management assumed office, it insisted on working strictly with laid down rules and regulations guiding its constitutional mandate of appointment, promotion and discipline in the NPF.
This procedure was observed in the promotion of three AIGs to DIGs last week, it said.
The statement partly read, “The commission considered the recommendations of the IGP of three AIGs for promotion to DIGs: They were Mohammed Usman from Bauchi, representing North-East; Peace Ibekwe-Abdallah, from Anambra, representing the South-East and Abdul Iyaji from Kogi, representing the North-Central.
“At the time of the recommendation, Musa Mohammed was the most senior AIG in the Nigeria Police Force but was curiously not recommended.
“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, Musa Mohammed from the North-West.”