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Force Headquarters says Police Service Commission has no Power to Demote Lagos CP Edgal Imohimi



Lagos State Acting Police Commissioner Edgal ImohimiThe Police Force Headquarters has said the Police Service Commission (PSC) has no power to demote senior officers.

The PSC had in a letter addressed to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, removed the acting appointments of both the Acting Commissioners of Lagos and Kogi states, Edgal Imohimi and Aji Ali Janga respectively, demoting them to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police.

According to Vanguard, the letter, signed by the PSC’s Permanent Secretary, M.F. Istifanus, on behalf of the Chairman, Mike Okiro, was titled: Withdrawal of Acting appointment: AP 25095 Mohimi D. Edgal and AP. 36665 Aji Ali Janga.

The letter read in part:

The Commission at its 24th Plenary Meeting of 27th and 28th September, 2017, took a decision not to ratify the anticipatory approval.

The Officers are, therefore, reverted to their substantive rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP).

But Jimoh Moshood, the police Public Relations Officer, said both acting commissioners remain in their position, as the PSC lacks the power to demote officers. He said:

The PSC has the power to appoint, promote and discipline officers. But they don’t have the power to demote.

They can only demote an officer after the Force disciplinary committee has looked into what the officer has done and then recommend him for discipline. They can only authorize them to authenticate what the Police take to them.

In this case acting CP Edgal has not committed any disciplinary offence and the Force disciplinary committee has not recommended him for reduction. They can not demote him and they have no such powers. They should not go beyond their powers.

Nigeria Police Force can exist without PSC but PSC cant exist without NPF. We are not aware of the reduction in power and acting CP Lagos state has not been demoted.

This is coming after Imohimi on Wednesday briefed newsmen on the deaths of Tagbo Umeike, Olugbemiga Abiodun, and Chime Amaechi.

Imohimi had said the CCTV footage at the General Hospital revealed that Tagbo was dropped by Davido‘s escort driver Tunde Usutu, accompanied by one Agbeje Olaoye and one Idris Busari, both Davido’s friends.

He added that the singer has been invited for questioning, saying his claim that he learned about Tagbo’s passing while he was at DNA night club, has been found to be untrue.

Watch the press briefing below:


  1. tunmi

    October 12, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    weldone Police Force HQ….

    The response was perfect except for “Nigeria Police Force can exist without PSC but PSC cant exist without NPF. ” that was unnecessary.

    So if the Police Force is a national check for the Police Service Commission, who checks the Police Force?

  2. lolu

    October 12, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Obviously, Rilwan Akiolu still wants Fatai Owoseni back to Lagos to continue to perpetrate his corruption agenda…

  3. lizzy

    October 12, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Is it that Davido is above the law? or some people are blue blooded?
    If a commissioner of Police is demoted because of Davido, then this country is finished (so far the CP has done nothing wrong)

    • didi

      October 12, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      Errrr, you should read it again “they took the decision on the 27th and 28th September during the plenary meeting” This was before the whole David ish.

  4. Mrs

    October 12, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    @didi They took the decision on 27th and 28th September but sat on it until today??? Receive sense. Africans are lawless. If Tagbo’s family agree to be bought for less than 1 Billion Niara, they are idiots. I would commence civil suit if the law can’t do it’s job.

  5. Ewa Ali

    October 13, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Demote ke!

  6. Ify

    October 13, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    This so called demotion is clearly because of the Tagbo case. They want someone there that they can control. I hate politics.

  7. Ify

    October 13, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    And they added kogi state commissioner of police, make e nor be like say… This is messed up

  8. tunmi

    October 14, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Is there a copy of the letter?

  9. tunmi

    October 14, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Stop speculating and actually read. This was before the Tagbo and Davido issue. Let’s try not to give in to confirmation bias (only believing what we want)

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