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Igbo group cites marginalisation in force

26 August 2014, 21:53

Lagos - Just weeks into his new post as Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has to contend with accusations he marginalised some tribes when making key appointments in the force.

The Ndigbo Cultural Society of Nigeria (NCSN) has alleged that the majority Igbo speaking region of the country were marginalised in the recent posting by the new police head, "wondering the Ndigbo region, which predominantly occupied two Geopolitical zones of South-East / South South could not get a single police zonal command out of the 12 zones in the federation.

In a statement, the group said the development was "totally unacceptable."

It called on the relevant authorities, including the President, to address the alleged injustice.

President of the group, Chief Udo Udeogaranya, is demanding that the police authority to reverse the posting.

"Ndigbo Cultural Society of Nigeria (NCSN) demands immediate and urgent withdrawal of the postings and a new posting that should at least have four AIGs (Assistant Inspector Generals) from the Igbo extractions of South -East / South-South. We want President Goodluck Jonathan and our Lawmakers to ensure that this act of marginalisation of 21st century do not see the light of the day," he said.

Following the retirement of the erstwhile Deputy Inspectors-General of Police during the tenure of former IGP Mohammed Abubakar, the Police Service Commission elevated eight new Deputy Inspectors General of Police.

Comment had not been obtained from police authorities at the time of going to press.

- CAJ News


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