Despite stiff public opposition, the Police Service Commission has promoted former acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, from the rank of a police commissioner to that of an Assistant Inspectors General of Police.
PSC Head of Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, made this known in a statement on Monday.
Ani said the decision was taken at the commission’s 15th Plenary Meeting on May 13, 2022 in Abuja.
Aside from Magu, the PSC confirmed John Amadi as a substantive Deputy Inspector General of Police, approved the appointment of Zama Bala Senchi as a Deputy Inspector General of Police and promoted eight Commissioners of Police to Assistant Inspectors General of Police.
The Commission also approved the promotion of 23 Deputy Commissioners to the next rank of Commissioners of Police; 31 Assistant Commissioners to Deputy Commissioners of Police and 63 Chief Superintendents of Police promoted to Assistant Commissioners of Police.
Magu’s ordeal began in July 2020 when he was suspended from office as acting EFCC chairman by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), over allegations against him by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and he consequently appeared before a presidential panel headed by retired Justice Ayo Salami set up to probe him for alleged graft and insubordination.
The PSC had last July declined to promote Magu during the promotion of 24 CPs and other officers.
But the PSC on Monday said, “The eight Commissioners of Police promoted to AIGs were; CP Mustafa Magu Ibrahim who is the most senior in the CP cadre and who missed the last two promotions after returning to the Police; Abraham Egong Ayim; Okunlola Kola Kamaldeen; Andrew Amieengheme; Akeera Mohammed Younous; Celestine Amechi Elumelu; Ngozi Vivian Onadeko and Danladi Bitrus Lalas (Airwing).
“Chairman of the Commission, Musiliu Smith congratulated the promoted Officers and charged them to redouble their efforts in the service of their fatherland. He said the Commission will continue to monitor their performance and will not hesitate to discipline any Officer found wanting in the discharge of his/her duties.”