The Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the promotion of 4,542 Senior Police Officers to their next ranks between May and June.
This information was contained in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by Mr Ikechukwu Ani, the Head, Press and Public Relations of the commission.
The statement said seven Commissioners of Police were elevated to the rank of AIG and six Deputy Commissioners of Police to Commissioners of Police.
Also, 20 Assistant Commissioners of Police became Deputy Commissioners of Police while eight SPs moved to ACs, 107 SPs to CSPs, 1,431 DSPs to SPs, 1,252 ASPs to DSPs and 1,711 to Inspectors of Police.
The statement said three DCPs, five ACPs, four CSPs, three SPs, five DSPs and 127 ASPs were promoted on acting appointments.
It said the commission approved special promotion for 16 officers based on exceptional performance and dedication to duty on the recommendation of the Inspector-General of Police.
The statement said two officers were promoted on account of gallantry while 188 others were placed on acting appointments of their next rank.
The statement said the chairman of the commission, Mr Mike Okiro, urged the officers to reciprocate government gesture by rededicating themselves to the service of the nation.
He promised that the commission would continue to ensure that deserving policemen were promoted as at when due to serve as motivation for effective and efficient service.
Okiro enjoined them to ensure that they were guided by the approved rules and regulations of the Force and that they operated with the fear of God.
He said the commission would continue to ensure that the promotion of policemen was regular to serve as a tonic for effective and efficient service.
The chairman noted that the commission would continue to evolve guidelines and programmes that would improve efficiency in the Force.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase quits today. Arase is the 18th indigenous IGP.
He was appointed in April last year by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Officers and men of the Force are anxiously awaiting President Muhammadu Buhari’s choice of successor.
Force spokesperson Olabisi Kolawole said: “The IG’s tenure will end today and we don’t know who the next IG will be as I speak.
“Even the IGP does not know but maybe he will know later today (yesterday) or tomorrow (today) but as we speak now, we are all in the dark. I am sure we will know tomorrow and will communicate it to you.”
Arase yesterday decorated four Assistant-Inspectors General of Police. They are AIGs Tili Abubakar, Opadokun John, Ogunbayode David and Dorothy Gimba.
Abubakar, who responded for others, promised their dedication to duty and loyalty to the force.
“We will continue to uphold the good tenets of the Nigeria police force’’, he said.
He expressed gratitude to the I-G for finding them worthy for promotion.
Some policemen have expressed displeasure over the promotion of 14 officers to Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP).
Those promoted are: Nkechi Enehikuere; Juliana Abah; Abdulkadir Jimoh; Garba Baba; Joseph Egbunike; Jonathan Towuru; Adeleke Bode and Muri Musa.
Others are: Magu Mustafa; Lawal Tanko; Celestine Eluemelu; Edward Ajogun; Sylvester Alabi and David Igbodo.
Some of those left out are crying foul over alleged “lack of due process”
The officers, who are unwilling to give their names, alleged that with exception of Enehikuere, Abah, Jimoh, Baba and Egbunike, the PSC left out many senior officers who have attended and passed their Senior Staff course.
“Because the IGP is going out, he has jumped the gun in recommending some of his loyalists for promotion, “ an officer said.
Also yesterday, Arase inaugurated a police officers’ mess and 35 suites.
Arase said as the head of the force, the welfare of men of the Nigeria police was his top priority.
“As long as I am the Inspector-General of Police, the welfare of my men is my number one priority.
“I am very unapologetic about the welfare of police officers,’’he said.
He said the project would help solve the accommodation problem being faced by officers when they come to Abuja on official duty.
DIG Mamman Tsafe, in charge of Logistics and Supply, said accommodation was a complicated problem for the police.
He said the project would rake in revenue for the force if its maintenance was sustained.
Tsafe hailed Arase for his vision and commitment to complete the project started by former Inspector-General of Police, Ogbonnaya Onovo, in 2009.
Other projects inaugurated by Arase included the commissioners’ quarters and the police finance building.