By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJA—There were indications in Abuja, yesterday, that the new Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, working in concert with the Police Service Commission, may announce the appointment of new Deputy Inspectors General of Police that will constitute the Police Management Team, following the resignation of the erstwhile team last Friday.
With the appointment of the new IGP, seven Deputy Inspectors General are supposed to be appointed and they include the Deputy Inspector General in charge of Administration, Deputy Inspector General in charge of Operations, Deputy Inspector General in charge of Logistics and Supplies, Deputy Inspector General in charge of Investigations, DIG in charge of Training and DIG in charge of ICT and Innovation.
Vanguard gathered that already, the new IGP has forwarded the names of the Force Secretary, AIG Danazumi Doma; AIG Solomon Arase in charge of Force Criminal Intelligence Bureau; AIG, Mamman Tsafe, AIG Zone 2, Lagos; AIG Baba Omojola in charge of Zone 11 and AIG Bala Hassan in charge of Zone 12 while CP Hilary Opara, CP Bayelsa State, who is the most senior officer from the East is included. Also included in the list are AIG Baba Adisa Bolanta, Commandant Police University and AIG Chris Dega, AIG Zone 8, Oshogbo.
It will be recalled that appointment of DIG’s usually take into consideration, the geopolitical spread of the country and in most cases, the most senior officer from each zone gets the position.
Aside the Deputy Inspectors General, Vanguard gathered that following retirement of other officers including senior AIG’s and Commissioners of Police who have spent the mandatory 35 years in service, about 14 of them, the Police Service Commission, in conjunction with the new Inspector General of Police, would soon announce the elevation of new Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Command Police Commissioners.
Already, about five state commands who’s commissioners have reached retirement age are being temporarily commanded by their deputies pending the deployment of substantive Commissioners of Police from Force headquarters.
Meanwhile, the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has congratulated the newly appointed Inspector General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba on his appointment describing it as well deserved.
CNPP in a statement issued in Abuja, yesterday by its Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu urged the new IGP to seize the moment and bring genuine reform to the police, whose image has suffered greatly because of the politicization of some aspects of law enforcement.
The statement said “This is an unprecedented opportunity to reform the police force into a professional institution that citizens are willing to cooperate and work with instead of sustaining it as a tool of repression and stifling of the rights of Nigerians for the benefit of a perverted few.
“Mr Suleiman Abba must do all in the power granted him by his new office to stamp out the strings of extra judicial killings associated with the police, wrongful detention monetized bail, proxy arrests and other ills that have all served to tarnish the image of an otherwise noble institution.
“He must similarly bring professionalism to bear in the roles that the police play in our democracy since it is one of the few institutions that endure regardless of the party in power. Persons not entitled to police details must also be made to understand that it is no longer business as usual” It said.
The conference said the new Inspector General of Police is certain to enjoy the goodwill and support of Nigerians once he is able to demonstrate that his loyalty to the nation translates into security for Nigerians.