A police officer from Ini Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Celestine Obot Williams, who was wrongfully dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force for a period of 21 years ago and later reinstated following the intervention of Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, has been promoted to the rank of an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP). The promotion takes effect from June 11, 2020.
The formal decoration with the new rank was performed by Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, senator representing Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District in his office at the National Assembly, Abuja on Friday, March 12, 2021.
The green light for his reinstatement was announced on February 16, 2021 by the Police Force while his promotion to the rank of ASP takes effect from June 11, 2020.
The story of his re-instatement/restoration began in 2016 when he submitted a petition to the senator representing Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan (OBA) requesting for his re-instatement for wrongful dismissal.
In the petition, Senator Albert Akpan requested the Senate to intervene in view of the fact that the police wireless message attached to his request revealed that the appellant, who at the time of his dismissal, was a constable, was not tried but dismissed for an undisclosed offense.
The Senate consequently recommended his re-instatement and promotion to the rank at par with his mates. After due investigations and deliberations by the Police Service Commission, Mr. Williams was accordingly re-instated in May 2017 but not at his due rank.
Speaking on the re-instatement and subsequent promotion of Mr. Williams, Senator Albert was full of praise for President Muhammadu Buhari for the remarkable working capacity of his government. He equally thanked the leadership of National Assembly for taking positive action on the petition from his constituent. He also had words of appreciation for the Nigeria Police Service
Commission who contributed to the resolution of the matter, the Inspector General of Police, the entire Nigeria Police Force and others who played their part by standing up for justice to the glory of God.
Senator Albert, who is the chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), while decorating Mr Williams, charged him to be patriotic, selfless and honest in carrying out his duties and should see beyond his travail over the years but to look into the future with all amount of hope and trust in God.
ASP Celestine Williams has been posted to Zone 6, Calabar, Cross River State and is to be paid all his arrears and entitlements for the last 21 years while the Distinguished Senator has donated a vehicle to ASP to him to aid his movement in the discharge of his duties.