A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has restrained the Police Service Commission (PSC) from demoting the over 1,000 police officers that were promoted between 2016 and 2018 based on the recommendations of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) pending the determination of the suit challenging the planned exercise, Daily Sun reports.
The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati, who gave the Interim Injunction, also granted leave to the six policemen who filed the suit for themselves and on behalf of the affected officers.
The controversial promotion was carried out on the special recommendation of the IGP to the former PSC board, which it duly approved.
The court said the motion ex-parte was granted ‘’upon reading through the affidavit in support and affidavit of urgency both sworn to by DCP Abba Kyari, attached to the Intelligence Response Team of the Nigeria Police Force Headquarter, Abuja.
In the said affidavit in reference, the despondent, Abba Kyari avers ‘that I know as of fact that the PSC has compiled the names of Police: Officers promoted between 2016 and 2018 for demotion numbering over a thousand.
‘’That I know as of fact that if the court do not restrain the defendant they will demote me and the other officers given Special promotion based on our degree of efficiency intelligence, zeal and good conduct in the performance of the duties.
‘’That I know as of fact that if the demotion of over 1000 officers promoted on the degree of their efficiency, intelligence, zeal and good conduct displayed in the performance of their duties will cause crisis that will jeopardise the peace and security of Nigeria.
He further averred, “that it will be in the interest of justice to grant the plaintiff’s application.”