From Ben Dunno, Warri

Contrary to speculations of nepotism, bias and inequality in his appointments, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has exonerated the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Olukayode Egbetokun, from the allegation, insisting that laid down due process which takes into cognisance catchment areas, professionalism and competences were duly followed.

Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who made this clarification in a statement made available, urged members of the public to discountenance these allegations being sponsored in some selected media, describing it as false and unfounded.

While stating that Egbetokun is not only committed to inclusivity and diversity in his administration and postings made so far, he referred to the IGP as a nationalist who believes strongly in the unity of the nation and the peaceful coexistence of the people, irrespective of the socio-political, religious and cultural differences that may exist.

The statement denouncing the claims reads in part; “The Nigeria Police Force hereby wishes to address recent speculations regarding nepotism and ethnic bias in its administration most especially with regard to postings.

“In light of recent reports, we find it imperative to provide clarity and set the records straight, and highlight the steadfast commitment of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, PhD, to inclusivity and diversity within the NPF.

“The NPF acknowledges the importance of addressing concerns raised regarding the fairness and impartiality of appointments and postings of officers.

“Regarding the appointment of State Commissioners of Police, it is important to clarify that this process lies within the jurisdiction of the Police Service Commission on recommendations by the Inspector General of Police.

“However, it is vital to clarify that this involves wide stakeholders’ consultations including state governors, who are the chief security officers of their states, and very senior officers both serving and retired.

“The IGP has never unilaterally carried out such postings which are always based on capabilities, hard work, commitment, and loyalty.

“Equally, the NPF categorically refutes any insinuation of tribal favouritism in appointments and postings.

“The Force operates on principles of meritocracy, ensuring that individuals are selected based on their qualifications, competence, dedication to service, and rank.

Related News

“The previous Force Secretary who served under this same administration and whose elevation to the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police led to the appointment of the current officer was DIG Habu Sani from the North West.

“Similarly, the current Deputy Force Secretary is an officer from the South Eastern part of the country.

“Also, it is vital to clarify that contrary to the said publication the Commissioner of Police Oyo State hails from North Central, and the Director Peacekeeping Operations hails from Niger State.

“The Force Insurance Officer, whom the allegation claims to also be Yoruba, is actually from the North Central. It is vital to mention that the appointment of the Principal Staff Officer (PSO) is solely the prerogative of the IGP, who serves as a personal aide and must be a competent individual.

“The personal background and relationships of our leadership, particularly the Inspector General of Police, reflects a commitment to inclusivity and diversity.

“The IGP’s marriage to his wife from Bauchi in the North, and his extensive network and fraternity with friends from across all geopolitical zones affirms his dedication to serving all Nigerians equitably, and crowns him a great nationalist.

“It is pertinent to note that the IGP holds the contributions of retired IGPs and other senior officers in high esteem and values their expertise, including that of the Chairman Police Service Commission which is evidenced by the amazing rapport shared by both institutions in recent times.

“Any suggestion that the current leadership disregards their counsel is unfounded, misleading, and thus mischievous.

“The Nigeria Police Force, as guardians of law and order, maintains an unwavering dedication to professionalism, integrity, and fairness.

“We emphatically denounce the baseless allegations propagated by the media house which are rife with distortions and clearly intended to tarnish the reputation of our esteemed institution, a norm by the news platform.

“We urge the public to see through these falsehoods and discountenance the publication which is purely baseless, unfounded and mischievous to please the selfish interest of the publisher and his cronies for reasons best known to them.”