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Report: Promotion Of Osinbajo, Aisha Buhari’s ADCs Causes Concern

After “undue” promotions were handed to Ayoola Oladunni and Usman Shugaba, the aides-de-camp to the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, and the first lady, Aisha Buhari, respectively, there is growing unease among ranks of the Nigerian Police Force.

On the proposal of the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, Messrs. Oladunni and Shugaba were both recently promoted from their former rank of Chief Superintendents of Police (CSP) to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP).

According to investigations conducted by Daily Trust, the pair, who began their careers as Cadet Inspectors in 2002, joined the force with their Senior Secondary School Certificate while their contemporaries who joined the force with first degrees are still CSPs.

Further investigation revealed that the two security aides’ coworkers had degrees before they joined the force in 2002, and they had started out as Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs). This shows that they only received three promotions, compared to the two ADCs’ five.

In a perfect world, a police officer who starts out as a Cadet Inspector advances through the ranks five times, from Inspector to ACP, ASP to DSP, DSP to SP, SP to CSP, and finally ACP.

The officer who joins the force as a Cadet ASP, on the other hand, likewise advances through the ranks three times before achieving CSP rank. In other words, ASP to DSP, DSP to SP, and finally SP to CSP.

While some police officials who spoke to the Daily Trust last night claimed that promotions occur every four years, others claimed that they occur every three years. It has now been discovered, however, that promotions may also be issued depending on other factors, such as performance or other considerations.

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However, the new move, which infuriated several officers in the force, led to bad blood, with many officers complaining that giving preference to favoritism over “merit and due process” would not only lower their morale but also pose a threat to the nation’s enforcement structure.

One of the offended cops, who spoke anonymously to Daily Trust out of fear of retaliation, said: “One of the reasons different sectors in this country are in comatose is because of this type of scenario, where due processes are not followed.

“In fact, it is one of the reasons security challenges are escalating in this country. Anytime a security agent or any officer thinks about his future and realises that there is no hope because a lot of things have been bastardised, all he would do was to look for a way out.”

Though the two recently promoted police officers may be pleased with their promotion, a senior police officer who went on the record under the condition of anonymity warned that it could work against them in the future.

“It could not be a problem now, but when in future an issue of promotion comes, they look at how they actually got to where they are. Remember, that was one of the arguments made against former ADC to President Jonathan, DIG Jitoboh, which stopped him from becoming IGP. Some people questioned his accelerated promotions,” he said.

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After “undue” promotions were handed to Ayoola Oladunni and Usman Shugaba, the aides-de-camp to the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, and the first lady, Aisha Buhari, respectively, there is growing unease among ranks of the Nigerian Police Force.

On the proposal of the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, Messrs. Oladunni and Shugaba were both recently promoted from their former rank of Chief Superintendents of Police (CSP) to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP).

According to investigations conducted by Daily Trust, the pair, who began their careers as Cadet Inspectors in 2002, joined the force with their Senior Secondary School Certificate while their contemporaries who joined the force with first degrees are still CSPs.

Further investigation revealed that the two security aides’ coworkers had degrees before they joined the force in 2002, and they had started out as Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs). This shows that they only received three promotions, compared to the two ADCs’ five.

In a perfect world, a police officer who starts out as a Cadet Inspector advances through the ranks five times, from Inspector to ACP, ASP to DSP, DSP to SP, SP to CSP, and finally ACP.

The officer who joins the force as a Cadet ASP, on the other hand, likewise advances through the ranks three times before achieving CSP rank. In other words, ASP to DSP, DSP to SP, and finally SP to CSP.

While some police officials who spoke to the Daily Trust last night claimed that promotions occur every four years, others claimed that they occur every three years. It has now been discovered, however, that promotions may also be issued depending on other factors, such as performance or other considerations.

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However, the new move, which infuriated several officers in the force, led to bad blood, with many officers complaining that giving preference to favoritism over “merit and due process” would not only lower their morale but also pose a threat to the nation’s enforcement structure.

One of the offended cops, who spoke anonymously to Daily Trust out of fear of retaliation, said: “One of the reasons different sectors in this country are in comatose is because of this type of scenario, where due processes are not followed.

“In fact, it is one of the reasons security challenges are escalating in this country. Anytime a security agent or any officer thinks about his future and realises that there is no hope because a lot of things have been bastardised, all he would do was to look for a way out.”

Though the two recently promoted police officers may be pleased with their promotion, a senior police officer who went on the record under the condition of anonymity warned that it could work against them in the future.

“It could not be a problem now, but when in future an issue of promotion comes, they look at how they actually got to where they are. Remember, that was one of the arguments made against former ADC to President Jonathan, DIG Jitoboh, which stopped him from becoming IGP. Some people questioned his accelerated promotions,” he said.

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