Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Friday, December 25; bemoaned the recent promotion of police officers by the Police Service Commission (PSC); describing it as the highest provocative degree of marginalisation.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media to the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Emeka Attamah Friday.
It was reported that the PSC announced the promotion of 37 police officers to their next ranks.
Out of this figure, the Northwest got 12, North East-8, Southwest got seven while the South-South got five; North Central got four while the South East got only one.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo is irked that the already depleted South East population in the force deserved only one slot; and unequivocally condemns and rejects this provocative act of marginalisation,” it said.
The statement reads: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo frowns at this propensity of ensuring that Igbo land is constantly under siege; by having security heads from zones other than the South East in charge of security in the zone.
“In the recent promotion exercise carried out by the Nigerian Police Force, 37 officers were promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Police.”
A cursory look at the list shows that North West zone has 12 new Commissioners of Police; North East eight; South West seven; South-South five; North Central four, while predictably South East brought up the rear with just one new Commissioner.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo observes that the already existing imbalance in the force exemplified in the fact that all Police Commissioners in the South East come from the North; and not many Igbo officers are in the high echelon of the force should have made it imperative that more slots be given to the South East.
“It also rejects the unending and unnerving tendency of making the South East the whipping-boy of the country; in all matters of recruitments and appointments at the Federal level.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo notes that while this habit of exclusion and also denial has been the stock in trade of successive governments over the years; the preponderance of the marginalization in the present dispensation is unimaginable.
“What is more worrisome is the gross impunity with which these despicable acts are being perpetrated towards a people that are the mainstay of Nigeria’s unity and development.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo, therefore, in the spirit of fair play; and also equity; as well as justice, calls for the recent police promotion exercise to be revisited and reviewed.”