The Police Service Commission at its 22nd Plenary meeting held between the 15th and 16th of March, 2011 and in Exercise of the Powers vested in it by Section 153 (i) and (m) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Police Service Commission (Establishment) Act 1999 deliberated on a number of issues in its resolve to Reposition, Refocus and Reform the Nigeria Police Force to a Security Outfit that would meet the requirements of Policing a Dynamic Nigerian Society took far-reaching decisions.
2. The Commission in carrying out its Mandate of Promoting and Disciplining Officers of the Nigeria Police Force for the Effective Administration of the Organization, on the 15th of March, 2011, approved the Promotion of Eight Hundred and Sixty-Five (865) Assistant Superintendents of Police to the rank of Deputy Superintendents of Police, who had passed the Prescribed Examinations, have good Annual Appraisal Evaluation Rating (APER), in addition to spending a minimum of three years on a Rank. The Promotion is with effect from the 15th of March, 2011.
3. Similarly, the Commission approved the promotion of Assistant Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Ghazalli Mohammed to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police. His promotion is with effect from the 20th of December, 2010. Also the Commission considered and approved the Inspector General’s recommendations that One Hundred and Twenty Two (122) Deputy Superintendents of Police be promoted to Superintendents of Police
4. Equally, the Commission restated its commitment to Monitoring Police Conduct during the year 2011 General Elections in Nigeria. It therefore, called on officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force to comport themselves decorously while restating that it would not over-look any act that is not in compliance with the Police Act and Regulations. It noted that it would certainly not be business as usual.
5. Furthermore, the Commission awarded various Disciplinary Measures such as Dismissal, Reduction in Rank, Reprimand, Severe Reprimand and Compulsory Retirement in its attempt at administering the Police in a manner that coheres with the Principle of Natural Justice.
6. The Commission ordered the reinstatement of Ex-Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr. Bolaji Fafowora after fourteen (14) years. He was dismissed for the alleged offences of:
(i) Discreditable Conduct;
(ii) Lack of Supervision of Sub-ordinates;
(iii) Derogatory Remarks against the IGP.
The reinstatement of the Officer was based on new facts obtained by the Police Service Commission that:
(i) The only connection that linked the said Officer to the fracas, was that he was part of the policemen from the Area Command that brought the fracas under control;
(ii) The insinuation that he made some derogatory utterances against the Inspector-General of Police is completely false; and
(iii) The Force Disciplinary Committee decision did not consider the appellant’s representation and comments of the Area Commander and that of the Zonal Assistant Inspector-General of Police.
7. The Honourable Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Parry B. O. Osayande, CFR, OFR NPM, mni, while congratulating the newly Promoted Officers, enjoined them to redouble their efforts towards the protection of Lives and Properties in Nigeria and promised to work for a more dedicated and disciplined Police Force.