By Stephen Ubanna
For months, there had been rumours making the rounds that Ibrahim Magu, a Deputy Commissioner of Police and acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, may be promoted to enviable rank of Commissioner of Police by the Police Service Commission, PSC.
The rumour became pronounced as he got the nod to appear before the Commission interview panel. There was the initial fears being expressed in several quarters that the tough Corp heading the EFFC may have a tough time scaling through the promotion hurdle because he had stepped on many powerful toes in the country including members of the hallowed Chamber, the Senate, who might want to use their position to put in one or two words against him to scuttle the promotion.
Unknown to the pundits, the Mike Okiro led PSC was an unbiased umpire in the discharge of its Constitutional responsibilities which include police recruitment , promotion, discipline and retirement of officers. ”There is nothing like wit hunting in the Commission” an officer remarked.
The officer had disclosed that matters of recruitment , promotion or applying disciplinary measures to officers found wanting were treated on their merit. There have been instance officers wrongly dismissed or downgraded have been recalled or restored back to their old rank by the Commission.
indeed, the assurance by some of his Colleagues who had appeared before the interviewers without any hope of making it were said to have come out from the Commission office Complex smiling and feeling fulfilled because of the friendly disposition of the interviewers.\
This may have given hope to Magu, the embattled acting EFCC boss that he could make it to the next rank of Commissioner of Police, CP. He got it right. He passed the interview and was promoted.
A Statement released on Friday, April20, 2018, by Ikechukwu, Ani, the Commission Image maker confirmed that the EFFC boss, and 17 other senior officers were promoted by the Commission. Ani said the Commission approved the promotion of the officers at its meeting which was held in Abuja.
The Source learnt that as soon as information filtered out about the promotion of the EFCC boss to rank of CP, there was spontaneous jubilation in the antigraft agency. A source disclosed that friends and close associates of the acting EFCC Chairman sent words of greetings to him, with words of advice to justify the Confidence reposed on him by the Commission to earn the promotion. The Staff of the Commission were not left out as they called at his office in groups to congratulate and savour that moment of joy with him.
There are indications t in both official and unofficial quarters that Magu may lose his official position by virtue of the promotion as it has been allegedly confirmed by sources in Force Headquarters, Abuja. The sources disclosed that he had been penciled down as one of the senior Police officers going to Nigeria Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies , Kuru, Plateau state, for studies, that could take him out the agency for one year.
The Course may save the one year-old crisis of Confidence between the Senate and President Muhammadu Buhari over the continued retention of the acting EFCC boss in office despite their opposition. It would be recalled that the pioneer, EFCC , Chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, was promoted to the enviable rank of Commissioner of Police and sent to NIPS, and later promoted to AIG, and retired. Nigerians are watching what is most likely going to happen to Magu after the planned one year programme in NIPS is over: Will he be promoted to the next police rank of AIG?
The implication of the Kuru Course is that another Deputy Commissioner of Police may be warming up to replace him soon at the Commission, on the recommendation of the President to the Senate for endorsement.
Ani in the Statement alsodisclosed that Ebere Onyeagoro and Moshood .O. Gbolarumi, both DCP in-charge of Aministration , Kaduna state Police Command and Maritime, Lagos respectively were also promoted to the Commissioner of Police rank by the Commission.
The two lucky Comptroller who got the Presidential nod to be elevated to the elitist rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, were Agboola Oshodi-Glover, CP, Administration, Force Headquarters and Peace Abdallah, ,Police Intelligence bureau. That much was confirmed by Ani, the PSC, Image maker.
But one officer whose promotion was greeted by wide applause was that of Abba Kyari, from the rank of a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, to an Assist Commissioner of Police, ACP. The Special promotion for Kyari and his 21-member team from the PSC had long been expected.
It was learnt that Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, had recommended to the Commission that the former CSP Kyari and the 21 officers in the who arrested the most wanted kidnap kingpin Chukwudumuje Onooamadike alias Evans, in Lagos last year be given Special promotion as a way of encouraging other officers on special police assignments to sit up.
The arrest of the notorious kidnapper, by Kyari and his team may have brought a respite to many Ibo socialites in Lagos who were afraid of travelling to the east for fear of Evans. The Evans, kidnap gang , according police sources were not only terrorizing the rich from the east but the affluent from other states, who could afford to pay the ramsome that may be demanded to regain their freedom. he had always had his way until CSP Kyari was given the assignment by the then Lagos state Commissioner of Police to capture him alive or dead. The CSP , who is used to such assignments was said to have mobilized all contacts and with credible intelligence were on his trail until he was finally caught n his palatial home in Lagos with little or no resistance from his gang.