The Police Service Commission has explained why it rejected AIG Abdul Iyaji, who was recommended by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for elevation to DIG.
It similarly enumerated the process that led to the promotion of three Deputy Inspectors-General of Police carried out by it last week.
A statement issued in Abuja on Monday by its spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, said it instead promoted Musa Mohammed as a DIG, being the most senior officer from the North-West.
The Police Service commission noted that the promotion was in line with its desire to sanitise the police and return the organisation to the path of rectitude.
It noted that the Nigeria Police Force had four DIGs representing four geopolitical zones before the recent promotions.
They are Maigari Dikko, from Katsina, representing the North-West; Joshak Habila, from Plateau State, representing the North-Central; Emmanuel Inyang, from Akwa Ibom State, representing South-South; and Agboola Oshodi-Glover, from Lagos, representing the South-West.
The PSC headed by a former IG, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, further said that since the new management assumed office, it insisted on working strictly with laid down rules and regulations guiding its constitutional mandate of appointment, promotion and discipline in the NPF.
The commission stated that this procedure was observed in the promotion of three AIGs to DIGs last week.
“The commission considered the recommendations of the IGP of three AIGs for promotion to DIGs: They were Mohammed Usman from Bauchi, representing North-East; Peace Ibekwe-Abdallah, from Anambra, representing the South-East and Abdul Iyaji from Kogi, representing the North-Central.
“At the time of the recommendation, Musa Mohammed was the most senior AIG in the Nigeria Police Force but was curiously not recommended.
“The commission in its wisdom and satisfying the necessary and relevant requirements approved the recommendations of Sani Usman to take the place of the North-East and Ibekwe-Abdallah for the South-East.
“It rejected the recommendation of Iyaji and in his place promoted the most senior AIG, Musa Mohammed from the North-West,” the commission explained.