Police officers pay millions to get special promotion – Senator

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Navy, Senator Isah Hamma Misau (APC, Bauchi) said police officers pay as much as N2.5 million to get special promotion through the Police Service Commission (PSC).

According to Daily Trust, a source had said that police officers pay as much as N500,000 to benefit from the special promotion being coordinated by the PSC and office of the Inspector General of Police.

The source said, “Officers pay as much as N500,000 to get promoted. It is only those that pay the money and those who are close to the top echelon of the police and politicians that are benefitting from the special promotion.

“Special promotion, which is supposed to be a reward for gallantry and outstanding performance, has turned to cash and carry. Otherwise, why is that officers who are serving in the Northeast have not benefitted? Why is that all those who have benefitted are those manning juicy posts and close to a politician?’’ he said.

But when contacted to speak on it, Misau said, “You are talking about N500,000, it’s beyond that. A serving police officer aware of the trend has told me that they pay as much as N2.5 million to get a special promotion. Other sources have also confirmed to me. So it is nothing but fact.’’

Misau said he would discuss the issue with the leadership of the Senate, when they resume from annual recess next month.

“We cannot fold our hands and allow this to continue. The special promotion should be reversed as it was done during the time of Nuhu Ribadu. Unless this is done the lives of Nigerians would no longer be secured. The special promotion is highly compromised,’’ he said.

He added that, “Corruption is not only associated with money, it has many forms and money for promotion is part of it. We have to urgently address this because the consequence is what we are witness today’’.

Also speaking, a serving police officer said, “I’m tired of the bribe for promotion. Junior officers are being promoted and deployed to strategic locations. I swear if I have capital I would’ve resigned from the force,” he said.

When contacted the spokesman of the Commission Ikechukwu Ani said, “It is not true. The Commission has not and will never collect bribes for promotion.

“The IGP sends recommendations and the Commission considers the promotion and takes a decision.”

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  1. No wonder they do all manner of things to meet up God please help save our country Nigeria.

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