By KINGSLEY OMONOBIA
ABUJA—Indications emerged, yesterday, that Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, may effect mass posting of officers this week.
In this regard, 13 states of the federation, which are not with substantive commissioners of police, following the retirement of the former CPs after 35 years in service, will be replaced as deputy commissioners of police in those states are acting.
States without CPs at present include Akwa Ibom, which CP Solomon Arase was promoted to AIG; Cross River State, which CP retired last week; Rivers State which, CP, Suleiman Abba, was promoted to AIG; Enugu State, which CP Dan Azumi Job Doma was promoted to AIG; Delta State, Mamman Ibrahim Tsafa, which CP was promoted to AIG and Lagos State CP, Muhammad Alkali, who retired last week.
Others are Kogi, which CP Melvin Akpoyibo was promoted to DIG; Osun State CP, Solomon E. Olusegun, who was elevated to AIG, Kwara State, whose CP Peter Gana was promoted to DIG.
Also without a CP is FCT Command which CP, Mike Zuokunor, was promoted to AIG; Kebbi State, whose CP M. Junaid, retired last week; Borno State CP, Simeon Midenga, who retired last week, and Benue State CP, Haruna John, who was elevated to DIG.
Also some AIGs in some zones of the Nigeria police have retired while others were promoted to DIGs, creating vacancies for newly-promoted 13 AIGs.
They are AIG Aloysius Okorie, formerly of Zone 4, retired; AIG Suleiman Fakai, now DIG 2i/c to IGP, AIG Atiku Kafur, now DIG in charge of Research and Planning.
It was learnt that the new management team, comprising seven DIGs, will deliberate on the postings this week in order not to create vacuum.
Other DIG’s and their postings are DIG Haruna John in charge Operations, DIG Marvel Akpoyibo in charge of Administration, DIG Peter Gana in charge of FCID, DIG Abdurahman Akano in charge of Training and DIG Emmaneul Udeorji in charge of Works.
Decorating the new DIGs and the AIGs last Friday, the acting inspector general of police, said the force needed to elevate new strategies, improve in their relationship with the Nigerian public, enhance general productivity and chart a new course for law enforcement in the country for the benefit of all and sundry.
He declared that he had activated initiatives to mobilize support and prepare the force to move in a new direction, which will be a strong departure from what used to obtain within the police system.
According to him, the direction stipulates respect for human rights, civility to members of the public, zero tolerance for corruption, effective and efficient provision of police services, enhanced collaboration and partnership with other law enforcement agencies.