By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
An Abuja Federal High Court has ordered the immediate stoppage of move by the Police Service Commission (PSC) to demote Police officers attached to the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IGP-IRT) and Tactical Intelligence Unit (TIU) who were offered special promotion for gallantry and exceptional performance.
The police operatives, led by DCP Abba Kyari, were promoted to their different next ranks at different times by the incumbent Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris and his predecessor over their outstanding performances in arresting the Nigeria’s most notorious and sophisticated kidnap kingpin billionaire kidnapper Chukwudumeme (a.k.a Evans) and members of his gang.
Other superlative performance of the gallant cops, include the arrest of another most deadly kidnapper Vampire and his Group, arrest of some Boko Haram terrorists responsible for the kidnapping of the Chibok School Girls in Borno State, kidnappers of the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla Epe, Babs Ashaye Seminary School, Ikorodu and Turkish School Girls in Lagos and Ogun States.
The escapede of the bravery policemen, described by many as super cops, also include the arrest Of Hundreds Of Kidnappers terrorizing Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Express Way among others.
Upon assumption of office, the chairman of the Police Service Commission, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, while carrying out a review of the commission’s record had identified some police officers for demotion, on the ground that they were not worthy of their ranks.
He had also vowed that no policeman would be promoted without sitting for and passing the necessary examination for promotion.
According to findings the names of the IGP-IRT and TIU operatives were Initially not included on the list of officers compiled for demotion by the Commission.
However, following a protest by a non-policeman from the North – west region of the country, the commission later included the names of the IGP-IRT and TIU operatives, not considering their gallantry and outstanding performances.
Aggrieved by the action of the commission, the affected officers filed a motion at the court, requesting the order of the court to restrain the commission’s from implementing the planned demotion.
According to the certified true copy of the suit No. FHC/ ABJ/CB/1077/2018, signed by the court registrar Prince Babatunde Adejoro- Ashada obtained by our correspondent, the plaintiffs which include Igbodo David, Abba Kyari, Abdulraman Mohammed, Abraham Godwin, Ahmed Monday and Akadu Godwin had dragged the Police Service Commission before the court seeking an injunction restraining the commission from demoting them and other beneficiaries of the Special Promotion.
The plaintiffs had prayed among other prayers for an order granting leave to sue for themselves and on behalf of all police officers promoted by the defendant on Special Recommendation of the Inspector General of Police between 2016 and 2018.
An order of interim injunction restraining the defendant, their agent, servant, privies from demoting the plaintiffs and several other police officers duly promoted by the IGP between 2016 and 2018, pending the determination of the motion on notice filed before the honourable court.
It include an order of interim injunction is granted restraining the defendant, their agent, servant and privies from demoting the plaintiffs and several other police officers duly promoted by the IGP between 2016 to 2018 pending the determination of the motion on notice filed before the honourable court.
The Chief Judge A. Abdu-Kafarati in his ruling ordered that the application is granted as prayed.
It reads, ” It is hereby ordered as follows
1. That application is granted as prayed.
2. That an order for leave is granted to the plaintiffs to sue for themselves and on behalf of all police officers duly promoted by the defendant on the Special Recommendation of the Inspector General of Police between 2016 to 2018″.
He therefore adjourned the case to the 16th day of October 2018 for hearing of the motion in notice.
It would be recalled that these outstanding Police Officers have sacrificed their lives to save the country from several embarrassing crime situations and were decorated with multiple IGP’s and Presidential medals for Courage and Presidential during the tenures of several IGPs, spanning many years of outstanding performances.