The Nigerian Police has put on hold the ongoing screening exercise of its officers with higher qualifications, following allegations of corruption and nepotism trailing the exercise.
In a statement Monday, the Force Public Relations Officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police Olabisi Kolawole, said the Inspector general of Police, Solomon Arase, disclosed this Monday, during a meeting with the NPF’s management team.
The decision might not be unconnected with an interview purportedly granted by a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity to the BBC Hausa Service at the weekend, in which he accused the IGP of marginalizing a particular section of the country in the screening exercise, which will determine those to be promoted to the next rank.
But ACP Kolawole said the decision to suspend the exercise was made after due consultation with the Police Service Commission.
The statement noted that a neutral body will be set up to continue the screening exercise and ensure equal opportunities for officers across the nation.
“The Police High Command and Police Service Commission have decided to engage the services of independent assessor for neutrality and free exercise”.
“When the exercise is completed, each state of the federation will have equal number of representation”, the FPRO added.
Kolawole, therefore, called on all qualified police officers to exercise patience and attend the forthcoming screening exercise, which will be scheduled by the independent body.
She also assured all qualified officers of due consideration.
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