The Chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC), Dr. Mike Okiro, has denied authorizing any letter from the commission purportedly demoting the Lagos State acting Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal to Deputy Commissioner of Police.
According to Mr Okiro, the letter was not authorised by him and should be ignored.
The Commission’s Permanent Secretary, Musa Istifanus had written to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris about the demotion of Edgal to his former rank of DCP.
The letter had generated confusion and consternation within the leadership of the police and among concerned stakeholders.
However, the PSC chairman said he had told the IG to ignore the letter.
“The letter was not authorised by the commission; Istifanus did not write on my behalf. We read the letter too like everybody and I have told the IG to ignore it. The letter was not authorized at all. I would meet with Istifanus about it and find out how the letter came about,” he said.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, had also stated that Imohimi remains the Acting Lagos CP.
“The PSC has the power to appoint, promote and discipline officers, but it does not have the power to demote. It can only demote an officer after the Force Disciplinary Committee has looked into what the officer has done and then recommend him for a disciplinary action, PSC can only authenticate what the police take to it.
“In this case, Acting CP Imohimi has not committed any disciplinary offence and the Force Disciplinary Committee has not recommended him for demotion,” he said.