By Adewole Kehinde
“For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south; But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another”. Psalm 75:6-7
When the Police Service Commission released the promotion list containing Four Hundred and Fourteen (414), Senior Police Officers in March, 2018, I have no doubt in my mind then that the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood will be promoted.
The letter dated March 2, 2018, titled: RE: Recommendations For Promotion finally saw the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood promoted to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP).
I must commend the PSC for the promotion after her 25th Plenary Meeting of 28th February and 1st March 2018, that approved the promotions but the Force PRO is long overdue to become not Assistant Commissioner of Police but Commissioner of Police.
To the critics of the promotion, I want them to know that someone like the Force PRO, Ag. DCP Jimoh Moshood should be Commissioner of Police by now considering that fact that he has spent eight years on a particular rank.
Although the promotion of ACP Jimoh Moshood, FPRO to Ag. DCP became necessary because of the existing vacancy in the Force Public Relations Department for the rank of Commissioner of Police but considering his commitment to duty, diligent in handling the Public Relations of the Police and adhere to the rules and regulations guiding the operation of the Police, he deserves the current promotion as Deputy Commissioner of Police.
I want to also remind his critics that his promotion will assist to bring him at par in rank to the National Public Relations Officers of the under listed organisation that have equivalent of Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police as their Public Relations Officers: The Nigerian Army has Brigadier General as Director Public Relations; the Nigeria Navy – has Commodore as Director of Naval Information; the Nigeria Air Force – has Air Vice Marshal as its Director of Public Relations; the Nigerian Customs Service – has Deputy Comptroller as its Public Relations Officer; the Nigerian Immigration Service – has Deputy Comptroller as its Public Relations Officer; the Nigerian Prison service – has Deputy Comptroller as its Spokesperson and Federal Road Safety Corps – has Corps Commander as its Spokesperson.
From the above realistic analysis, Nigerians will agree that the Police spokesperson, Ag. DCP Jimoh Moshood deserves to be promoted as Commissioner of Police in the coming months.
I am totally against the insinuation that FPRO who was just promoted a few months ago to ACP is amongst officers promoted DCP. If we consider the eight years spent on a rank and his diligence to assigned duties, the issue of “few months ago” promotion should not arise.
I read on an online medium; Aledeh.com that some officer paid as high as N2million to be promoted through some Commissioners who receives the money in the Police Service Commission. If it is true, I urged the complainants to do the needful by going through proper channels of communications in the Force to report their case rather than spinning out lies on the Mike Okiro-led board of the Police Service Commission and the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris I know very well has never influenced or pressurized promotion, posting nor cases before the Nigeria Police not to talk of the Police Service Commission, so to me, it is baseless to say that “the PSC initially declined Moshood’s promotion to ACP in February for attacking them in the media but pressure from the IGP ensured he was eventually promoted”.
The issue of special promotion cannot be overlooked in the Nigeria Police Force. We should know that some officers put their lives on the line to protect the lives and property of other citizens. A situation where an officer sacrifices his or her live should be rewarded, honoured and encouraged but it should be done transparently for other people to see.
On a final note, I will says Ag. DCP Jimoh Moshood’s patience is bitter, but his promotion fruit is sweet now. I congratulate the Force Public Relations Officer and commend the Police Service Commission for the timely promotion while I will not fail to congratulate the amiable Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris on his second year anniversary of dedicated duty in office as IGP.
Adewole Kehinde is National Coordinator of United Young Professionals and he writes from Abuja. firstname.lastname@example.org