The Chairman of the Nigerian police service commission, Dr Mike Okiro has denied authorizing a letter demoting the acting police commissioner of Lagos state, Imohimi Edgal to the rank of Deputy commissioner of police.
On Thursday, reports surfaced online that Edgal had been demoted by the PSC, a development that has rocked the police leadership and surprised Nigerian due to the fact that the acting Lagos CP was actively involved in a suspected murder case involving music star, Davido.
PoliticsNGR gathered that Musa Istifanus, the Permanent Secretary of the commission, had written to the Inspector general of police, Idris Ibrahim about the demotion of Edgal. according to Okiro, the letter did not have his authorization. He wrote;
“The letter was not authorised by the commission; Istifanus did not write on my behalf. I read the letter too like everybody and I have told the IG to ignore it. The letter was not authorised at all. I will meet with Istifanus about it and find out how the letter came about”.
He also asked the IG to ignore the letter.Police Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, also said that Mr Imohimi Edgal remains the CP of Lagos state.
“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”.