Monday, 6 May 2013

Open Letter: Grave Violation Of The Federal Character Principle

Ref: Intersociety/S/02/05/013/F/C/ABJ/FGN

From: the Secretariat of:
International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law
41, Miss Elems Street, Fegge, Onitsha, Anambra, Nigeria

Prof. Shuaibu AbdulRaheem Oba
Executive Chairman, Federal Character Commission
Plot 64, 1st Avenue, Off Shehu Shagari Way
Central Business District, Abuja, Nigeria

Grave Violation Of The Federal Character Principle By The Leadership Of The Nigeria Police Force: A Call For Your Commission’s Immediate Intervention
Above subject matter refers.
(Onitsha Nigeria, 6th day of May, 2013)-In line with powers vested on your Commission by the Federal Character Commission Act of 1996 and Section 153 as well as Supplementary Section 7, Part 1 of Third Schedule to the 1999 Constitution, your Commission’s attention is drawn to the above named subject. For full details and necessary action, please find attached a copy of our letter to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, through Mr. Peter Gregory Obi, Governor of Anambra State and Chairman, Southeast Governors’ Forum. The letter is dated 6th day of May, 2013 and referenced: Intersociety/S/01/05/013/S/E/Presidency/ABJ/FGN.
Our Request: We pray your Commission to carry out full investigation into the 3rd day of April, 2013 promotion of 130 senior police officers by the immediate past leadership of the Nigeria Police Service Commission, which said it promoted based on IGP’s recommendation. Your Commission’s investigation will show whether the NPF and the former PSC leadership acted in conformity with the Federal Character Principle, in conformity with Section 14(3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended as well as with the six geopolitical zonal structures. Our findings in the intersociety clearly show that the methods of recommendation for promotion, promotion and posting of senior police officers in the present day NPF are gravely lopsided and carefully designed to cripple and destroy the Southeast zone in the Nigeria’s social scheme of things. We demand that your Commission’s investigation, which should be thorough and conclusive, be extended to the Federal Ministry of Interior and the Immigration Service, where strong accusations of discriminatory practices against personnel of the Southeast extraction working in them are becoming thicker day by day.
We also demand that your Commission’s investigation should be extended to the area of serving AIGs in the NPF so as to ascertain why out of between 22 and 24 serving police AIGs in Nigeria, none is from the Southeast geopolitical zone. The number and geopolitical identities of all serving CPs in the NPF should also be thoroughly investigated to ensure that each geopolitical zone is equitably represented and not short-changed. At the end of your Commission’s investigation, the said lopsidedness should be frontally reversed and proactively prohibited at all times in all the federal ministries and agencies in Nigeria.
Yours Faithfully,
For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law, Nigeria
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman of the Board
Mobile Phone Nos.:08033601078, 08180103912

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