Davido's Saga: Police Service Commission (PSC) do not have the power to demote Lagos commissioner of police - Jimoh Moshood

As it was declared in a letter issued by Police Service Commission, PSC that it has demoted both Lagos State Acting Commissioner of police, Edgal Imohimi and Kogi State Acting Commissioner of Police, Aji Ali Janga to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police with immediate effect.

This development in the side of Lagos CP, could be traced to the press update he conducted yesterday about alleged involvement of popular hip hop singer, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, in the death of Tagbo Umeike, as the Lagos Police boss claimed to have laid hands on a CCTV footage that revealed more of the incident.

Below is the letter from Police Service Commission that supposedly demoted the police commissioners.

“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).”

In a swift response to the letter, Jimoh Moshood, the Police Public Relations Officer said the acting commissioners remain in their rightful positions as Police Service Commission does not possess authority nor 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.”