There was jubilation across police formations in Abia state, yesterday as news broke that the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Anthony Michael Ogbizi , has been transferred out of the state.
Police sources accused Ogbizi of not motivating the rank and file and embarrassing senior police officers who do not subscribe to his strange policing methods.
It was gathered that since CP Ogbizi resumed work in the state on September 14, 2017, during the military raid at the residence of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, he has never visited any police division to familiarize himself with the policemen at the divisions.
An Assistant Superintendent of Police at the Area Command, Umuahia, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that they only got promoted by God’s grace, as the CP almost frustrated their promotion when he declined to sign their Annual Performance Evaluation Report (APER) forms until he reluctantly did so on the last date.
“We are happy that CP Ogbizi has finally been transferred out of Abia State. In fact, we are celebrating his transfer. The morale of the rank and file under him was too low. He was always barking at everybody, not motivation. CP Ogbizi never visited any police division since he resumed work in September 2017. How can a CP know the problems at the Police divisions if he can’t visit them, he will always stay in his office barking out orders. There was poor supervision. Most times, he stood against the promotion of police officer who needed his recommendation. He refused to sign APER forms for ASP, DSP and SPs who needed it for promotion to their next ranks. The forms were submitted to him on October 2017, and he refused to sign them until the last date. We only got promotion by God’s grace because the CP deliberately tried to frustrate us.”
The CP was said not to have good relationship with most senior police officers in the state who man strategic positions. During Police management meetings which hold weekly, Ogbizi allegedly embarrasses senior police officers with queries over trivial issues and would threaten to transfer them out of the Command.
“CP Ogbizi as chairman of the Police management committee in the state will summon meetings, but he won’t allow any other officer to contribute. He will be the only to raise issues, discuss them and take decisions. Any attempt by any officer to make contributions will be greeted with ‘do you want to teach me my job? CP is Mr. Know all. He was always quarreling with the rank and file. This was not the way we worked under his predecessor, CP Leye Oyebade and others. Most policemen are happy that he has been transferred.”