Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Code of Conduct Bureau Tribunal and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC) might need to beam their searchlights on the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

For over five years now, over 500 of its personnel have been denied promotion despite being extorted to the tone of N44m in 2014 alone.

The affected staff, 550 had served for at least 10 years each, but undergone further studies without the permission of the Corps.

To waive the applicable sanctions and consider their new qualifications for promotion, the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive (COMACE) of the agency, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi in September 2014 directed that the affected staff undergo a course in International Driving License (ICDL).

The two weeks course was organized by a private firm, E-Tech Complete Solution Ltd in phases between September 25 and November 28, 2014.

The affected personnel were charged N80,000 each for the training after which they were issued certificates.

However, months later, the training certificates which were supposed to be the prerequisites for promotion were turned down during promotion examinations.

Till date, none of the 550 personnel has been upgraded from their previous Grade Levels, it was learnt.

Meanwhile, the Corps' official report for 2015 shows during the period, 2,062 officers and 2,944 marshals were promoted after a promotion course at the FRSC Academy Udi, Enugu State for Officers and Training School Jos for Marshals.

The promotion course was independent of the ICDL training mandated by the COMACE for the other 550 staff.

The Civil Service (Reorganization) Act does recognize the powers of Federal Agencies to deny promotion to erring staff but also holds that officers who have served 2years on Grade level 01-06, 3 years on GL 07-14 and 4 years on GL 15-17 should be considered for promotion.

This therefore suggests that the actions of the Corps in denying the affected staff their promotions might be illegal.

This is more so that aside meeting the expectations of the agency having attended the recommended course, most of the affected staff underwent unapproved studies in 2014.

This implies that their sanctions, if at all necessary, ought to have taken effect from 2014 not earlier when they served for over 10 years without promotions.

Further more, disciplinary actions within any Federal Government Ministry, Department Agency according to the Civil Service (Reorganization) Act are not to be taken independent of the Federal Civil Service Commission which the then FRSC boss may have failed to honour.

Although it is not clear whether the COMACE of the agency acted with malice, Section 13A of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act states that a public officer shall not do or direct to be done, in abuse of his office, any act prejudicial to the rights if any other person, knowing that such an act is unlawful or contrary to any government policy.

Mr. Oyeyemi was appointed COMACE of the FRSC by the Goodluck Jonathan administration in July 2014.

His appointment was welcomed by many personnel of the Corps, who praised the then President Goodluck Jonathan for appointing "one of their own to head the organisation."

President Muhammadu Buhari who rode to power on the promise of firm anti-corruption crusade, in 2018 renewed Mr. Oyeyemi's appointment.

It is however not clear whether the CCTB is aware of the allegations against the FRSC boss.

The agency's spokesman, Mr. Bisi Kazeem was contacted for comments on the issue but requested a written "questionnaire" which was forwarded through SMS but has not been replied.