Mohammed Aminu, a police inspector who trended on social media for being being assaulted in uniform by afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti has been promoted to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP1).
He was among the 14,052 inspectors whose promotion to Assistant Superintendents of Police (Unconfirmed) was approved by the Police Service Commission on Thursday.
The Commission noted that despite the unwarranted provocation, intimidation and serious assault against him, Inspector Aminu (as he was during the incident), exhibited a high level of professionalism, restraint and chose to follow the due process of law to seek redress.
A statement by the Head of Press and Public Relations of the PSC, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani stated one Inspector Habila Bulus was also granted automatic promotion to the rank of ASP II for his gallantry and commitment to duty.
In addition, 9,016 ASPs were confirmed to the rank of ASP II.
The PSC also approved the promotion of the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) from the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), while CP. Olalaye Falaye who was formerly a Commissioner of Police Ebonyi State Command was promoted to the next rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police after the Commission had approved the adjustment of his position in the seniority list.
It further appointed AIG Sylvester Abiodun Alabi, AIG Zone 12, Bauchi as Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police to represent the South West region in replacement of DIG Matthew Akinyosola who was earlier appointed by the PSC for the position but whose tenure ended on 1st of July, 2023.
The approvals and confirmation were given by the PSC at its 21st Plenary Meeting which also coincided with a valedictory session held in honour of some commissioners including the immediate past acting chairperson of the commission, Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi (Rtd.) who also represented the judiciary and North East geopolitical zone.
Other Commissioners who would be exiting the Commission were AIG Lawal Bawa rtd, representing the Police and North West Geopolitical zone, Mr. Austin Braimoh, representing the Media and the South South Geopolitical zone, Hajia Najatu Mohammed representing Women, and Rommy Mom, representing the Organized Human Rights Organisations and the North Central Geopolitical zone.
Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Retired IGP Solomon Arase who presided over the valedictory session noted that the outgoing Commissioners jointly lifted and positioned the Commission where “it is today despite challenges and the characterising conflict between the Commission and the Nigeria Police Force”.
Dr. Arase also charged the newly promoted Officers to see their promotion as a call to greater commitment to the service of their fatherland.
He noted that benefits and burden go together and warned that the Police Officers must respect the human rights of the citizens as any Officer who goes against this will face serious consequences adding that Officers who conduct themselves within the tenets of the law will continue to enjoy the support and protection of the Commission.
A delegation of the Police Management Team led by DIG Mohammed Dan Mallam attended the valedictory session held at the Police Service Commission Corporate Headquarters in Jabi, Abuja.