By Joseph Saater Undu
INDICATIONS of restiveness have emerged in the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, over recent transfers and postings across the country, as aggrieved policemen have accused the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, of witch-hunting, tribalism and favouritism.
Although the IGP, in consultation with the Police Service Commission, has the power to transfer or post any officer of the NPF, protests have greeted recent postings of officers.
While some claimed the IGP has flooded strategic commands and units with his kinsmen from Niger State, others alleged that he has embarked on vendetta against officers hoping to ascend to higher positions in the force in future.
Some have cited the case of the Assistant Inspector- General of Police, AIG, Zone 2, Abdulmajid Ali, who was deployed to Force Headquarters, Abuja.
Ali, who had barely spent two months in the zone, was replaced with the former Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Aderanti, who would be graduating soon from the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru, Jos.
According to the aggrieved policemen, “We had never seen such remarkable improvement in zone 2 before now. We are protesting because we are sure that he is a victim of dirty politics and favouritism which will not augur well for the Police.
Since he assumed duties here, he commenced massive training of officers and men of the zone by establishing a tactical training ground in Ogun and Ikorodu in Lagos State. He also set up three zonal intervention squads to track kidnappers, thereby bringing sanity to the zone.
“As soon as he assumed office, he embarked on a cleansing exercise that led to the transfer of no fewer than 250 erring officers and men from the zone which has about 650 policemen. These were our colleagues that had over-stayed in the zone and their activities had continued to be inimical to the efficient and effective performance of their duties.
After that, he set up a monitoring unit and X- Squad to check the excesses of those still there. We are, therefore, calling on the IGP to reconsider the posting because we have seen a new dawn in the volatile zone and his removal would dampen the spirit of hardwork which he planted in us.“
When contacted, Force Public Relations Officer, Donald Anwunah simply said: “I will advise you to enquire from your colleague who is a Vanguard correspondent at the Force headquarters, Abuja since you are calling from Lagos.”