Promotion: Police Inspectors from Southeast Cry Out, They Have Abandoned Us

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Police inspectors from the southeast region cry out over stalled promotions, alleging marginalization and discrimination.


A group of police inspectors from the South-East region has raised concerns over what they perceive as marginalization in promotions within the Nigeria Police Force. The officers, who were recruited between October and December 2000, were promoted to the rank of Inspectors in February 2018 and confirmed in May 2020. However, they have expressed dismay that their counterparts from other geopolitical zones have been elevated to the rank of Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs) in 2023.


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According to the officers, another group recruited alongside them, who were promoted in 2017 and confirmed in 2019, are now slated for promotion to ASPs, while they have been left behind. They questioned the rationale behind the discrepancy and appealed to the Inspector General of Police to rectify the situation.

The officers emphasized the need for fairness and equal opportunities in promotions, urging that those from the Southeast region who were recruited in the same period and promoted to Inspectors in 2018 be considered for elevation to ASPs alongside their peers.

In a memo to Daily Sun, the officers lamented, “Those of us left behind in the current exercise, but who are due for promotion, are asking what offence we committed that made the police authority abandon us. Those of us police inspectors who are behind our mates are asking why there is a promotion discrepancy on the October to December 2000 police recruit intakes of Southeast origin.”


The officers’ plea has raised concerns about the fairness and equity in the promotion process within the police force, and many are calling for a thorough investigation into the matter to ensure that all officers are given equal opportunities to advance in their careers.



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