Cadet Inspectors in the Nigeria Police Force have called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the authorities concerned to intervene in their delayed promotions, seven years after they were recommended by the Police Service Commission.
The affected police officers said they were to be promoted from the rank of Cadet Inspector to ASP.
Some of the officers who spoke with Saturday Tribune in Ilorin, Kwara State, on the condition of anoymity because of the possible implication of their action, claimed that they were being victimised.
Describing their alleged treatment as “a threat to national security,” the police officers said that, “when a man is frustrated, he will be confused, depressed, destabilised, less productive and criminally minded.”
The policemen, who also blamed their misfortune on the quota system being used for the promotion exercise, said the process had denied them their promotions while their contemporaries had theirs in January and in June.
The police personnel, who alleged that some of thsoe recently promoted paid between N300, 000 and N500, 000, said, “that is the set of people whose names appeared in the list for the substantive rank of ASP but names in the Signal either paid the money or collected letters from their godfathers.
“How come majority of our course mates from the North who are more than us in number got promoted, while none from Edo, Delta, Kogi, Benue, Ondo, Enugu, Cross River and Akwa Ibom are promoted?”
In a reaction, the Police Public Relations Officer, Kwara State command, Ajayi Okasanmi, ASP, said he was not in a position to comment on the development.