The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety), has condemned the current ranking in the country’s police force, in which no Igbo officer is Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) or Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG).
In a statement on Sunday, the group stressed that the region was left with only six Commissioners of Police (CPs).
The statement jointly issued by Head of Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Obianuju Joy Igboeli, Head of Campaign and Publicity, Evangeline Chidinma Udegbunam and Board Chair of Intersociety, Emeka Umeagbalasi, revealed that by the current structure, the South East has been excluded from the Nigeria Police Management Team (PMT).
It maintained that the Igbo reject the lopsided arrangement.
The statement read in part: “Out of seven DIGs who head seven key departments of the Nigeria Police (NPF), South-East should have at least one DIG.
“The South-East should also be entitled to two Police Zonal Command AIGs of the 12 and minimum of four or maximum of five AIGs of the about 20-22 serving AIGs.”
On the 95 serving CPs, the South-East should have at least 15 CPs and not less than six state commands CPs.
“The allocation of only six CPs and one Acting CP including a retiring CP is not only rejected but also grossly undermines the equity and fairness inherent in the geopolitical zones arrangement.”