Senior police officers complain lopsided postings

Why 21 AIGs were retired —Okiro

Barely three weeks of resumption of Ibrahim Idris, acting Inspector General of Police, senior police officers have complained on the massive lopsided posting going on in the force.

Informed police sources disclosed to the Nigerian Tribune that officers perceived as enemies are being posted out of the force headquarters to far distances to their families.

The source said “imagine, the new management team was just constituted on Monday, but a lot of posting had been done without a new force secretary who is responsible for signing postings.”

Nigerian Tribune gathered that the postings done few weeks before the retirement of Idris predecessor, IGP Solomon Arase, were cancelled.

The new officers who had reported to their new postings were subsequently ordered to return back to the force headquarters without any posting for now.

It was further gathered that some of the officers have been christened endangered species as they are now known as “Arase boys.”

Nigerian Tribune can authoritatively report that all the over 50 squadrons’ commanders of Police Mobile Force have been demobbed without any replacement.

Meanwhile, the Chairman, Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro, on Monday, explained why the 21 AIGs were retired by the commission two weeks ago.

Speaking at the decoration of the newly promoted six DIGs and a new force Secretary in Abuja, Okiro lambasted those criticising the retirements, saying that it is not new in the police force.

Going down memory lane from the time of IGP Gambo Jimeta, where his seniors were retired when he became the IGP, the chairman said that it became very worrisome reading comments on the retirement.

According to him, the retirements were carried out so that the acting IGP will concentrate on the security challenges confronting the nation and to avoid distractions.

Okiro noted that it was also aimed at eliminating indiscipline in the force, where a senior officer will be serving under his junior.

Also speaking on the occasion, the Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Bello Dambazzau (retd), said that no matter how intelligent, brilliant or knowledgeable a leader is, without a good team work, he can never succeed.

He urged the DIGs to be loyal and dedicated to the authority.

In his remarks, the acting IGP advised them to perform their core duties of crime prevention, detection, law and order as well as law enforcement functions within the confines of the law.

According to him: “In the performance of these duties, we must carry out effective deployment of operational and tactical units, increase our crime detection abilities by utilising intelligence-led policing principles and develop the capacity of the officers and men.”

The newly promoted DIGs are Shuaibu Gambo, department of Finance and Administration; Folusho Adebanjo, Information and Communication Technology; Hyacinth Dagala Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Departments (FCIID).

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