By Okem Green Mbah
IYC cautions FG against sinister plot to retire Jitoboh
Pan-Ijaw socio-political youth group, the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide has warned that the promotion of Moses Jituboh to the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) should not turn out to be another sinister plot by the federal government to hastily retire the officer him even when he still has nine years to serve in the Police Force.
The Ijaw youths from the nine states of the Niger Delta region, while commending President Muhammadu Buhari, said the promotion of the Bayelsa-born police officer to the rank of DIG was well deserved.
According to a statement issued in Yenagoa, the National Spokesperson of the council, Comrade Ebilade Ekerefe, noted that the youths of the region are aware of the plot, calling on the Buhari-led federal government not to ignore the Police Act, 2020 which states that in line with the provision of Section 18 (8) of the Police Act, 2020, “Every Police officer shall, on recruitment or appointment, serve in the Nigeria Police Force for a period of 35 years or until he attains the age of 60 years, whichever is earlier”.
“The section under reference brings the Police Force into an era of predictability just like the Civil Service Rule as the provision is mandatory, fixed like the rock of Gibraltar and cannot be moved willy-nilly.”
The statement reads in part:
”Now that DIG Moses Jitoboh has been duly decorated in his new rank, he stands out as the most, if not, the only qualified person for the office of the IGP and we aren’t pretending or begging to be given what is due to our son. We are Nigerians and must be treated as such. We will not accept a second-class citizen treatment when it comes to appointments and first-class citizen when it comes to the exploitation of our resources.
“We want to observe that under this present administration, the people of the Niger Delta have had cases of unfair treatment meted out against qualified and deserving persons from the region. Take a look at the way the former Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Matthew Seiyefa, was treated and summarily retired. The region has had a huge share of imbalance and unfair treatment at the federal level of government.
“We, therefore, insist that with the current security challenges in the country and the renewed threat by some Niger Delta militants and agitators to crumble the economy because of the perceived injustices meted on the region as we have witnessed, it is only right for us to be treated equally in a country where we are contributing so much to its economy, which will douse the palpable tension.”