The Police Service Commission, PSC, has stated that the present push for tenure extension is an unneeded distraction, and that all police officials scheduled to retire must do so since the Nigerian Police have an institutional succession plan in place.
The officers implicated are from the highest levels of the police force, including the grades of Deputy Inspector General, AIG, and Commissioner of Police, CP, according to the DAILY POST.
However, the commission has refuted unfounded media claims that the planned retirement would be postponed and tenure extended in order to prevent security issues in the 2023 election.
The PSC’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, made these explanations in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja shortly after the police management team emerged from a meeting.
Ani stated that the commission decided not to extend the tenures of the departing senior police officials.
He explained that even if requested, the PSC cannot comply because it violates all current laws, including the Police Act, the Police Service Commission Act, and the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Constitution.
The PSC stated that it would not support the subversion of the regulations governing entry into and retirement from the Nigerian public sector, and that the retiring senior police officers are not indispensable, and that their departure would have no bearing on the success of the 2023 general election.