By Emma Njoku
That The Police Service Commission (PSC) has set up a panel comprising members of the Commission and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to investigate allegations of bribery scandals in the Commission.
The commission urged anyone with evidence of the allegations to send the same to the commission as soon as possible, promising that anyone found guilty will be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the land.
An online media outlet on Tuesday published a story that some aggrieved officers of the Nigeria Police Force alleged that the commission gave special promotions to junior officers over the senior ones after allegedly collecting bribes to the tune of $10,000.
The said aggrieved officers in a statement by one Mr. Chijioke Okonkwo on behalf of other officers had “called on the presidency to investigate the corrupt practices in the police force.”
The PSC said yesterday in a statement signed by its Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, “it does not sell promotions in the Nigeria Police Force and will not start now when deliberate efforts are being made to redeploy and revive the Nigerian Police Force especially with Dr. Solomon Arase’s duty as Chairman of the Commission.
“At the time of this statement, the commission has not formally received any formal petition or complaint regarding this allegation.”
The statement further noted that “the said Mr. Chijioke Okonkwo, who posed and presented himself on behalf of other officers, forgot that he is a serving police officer and did not state his rank. He forgot the line of communication for officers of the Nigeria Police Force who also guides the public service.”
The commission advised aggrieved officers to take advantage of the existence of the inquiry panel and come forward with substantiated evidence that could help the investigation.
It, however, warned that it will not tolerate any frivolous and fictitious media claims as officers and men of the police should be in the forefront and familiar with approved lines of communication while directing the police to fish out the true identity of the said Mr. Chijioke. Okonkwo for interrogation.
“At a time when the commission chairman is working hard to harmonize and improve both the commission’s and the police’s services, the commission can ill afford this kind of distraction. “Barely a week into office, the commission chairman has met with the police inspector and his management team; the national leadership of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), and met on Wednesday 12 April with retired Inspector Generals of Police. His desire to bring sanity, peace and unity to the police sub-sector is already getting the desired results,” the statement continued.
Meanwhile, Dr. Arase assured members of the public of his administration’s readiness to clean the system and urged staff of the commission to live above board at all times in the discharge of their responsibilities as bribery and corruption of any kind would not be tolerated under his watch.