April 13, (THEWILL) – Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, on Wednesday disclosed that all Rank and File Policemen across the country, who have remained in the same rank since 2017, would be promoted in the next 24 hours.
Addressing officers and Policemen of Zone 7 headquarters during his familiarisation visit and commissioning of projects, Alkali said, “issues of welfare of police personnel is paramount to me. All members of Rank and File wearing the same rank since 2017 will be promoted by tomorrow (Thursday).
“Commissioned officers from the rank of ASP to CSP will also be promoted, but we are starting with the rank and file who are our dedicated foot soldiers”, he said.
On the security situation in the South East and North Central, the IGP said, “We are doing something to change the narrative to ensure that citizens live peacefully.”
The IGP, who noted that Police officers and other security agencies including the Military for now, have become endangered species, cautioned security operatives to be mindful of who they associate with and where they go
Disclosing that the nation was approaching an election year, he told the personnel, “We will soon embark on training and retraining on how to conduct ourselves on security duties in line with the electoral act. We must rededicate ourselves to the peace and stability of our country.”
On his part, the AIG Zone 7, AIG Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu, in his welcome address commended the IGP for the renovation of Zone 7 headquarters, which is the first of such since it was established many years ago.
He said, “In line with the IGP’s policy trust which is anchored on the principle of accountability, transparency, respect for the rule of law, human right protection, and cooperation with other security agencies, the zonal command is living up to its responsibilities and expectations.
“Aside from the supervisory role of the two Commands under the zone, namely FCT and Niger, by extension, the operational supervision of Kaduna command, the zone is also complementing the commands when the need arises.”
The IGP ordered the release of two operational Pick up vehicles and computers to the zonal headquarters to assist in the performance of their crime fighting duties.