Abuja— There were indications in Abuja, yesterday, that the Federal
Government may have given the go-ahead to the new Acting Inspector
General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to clean up the top hierarchy of the
Sources disclosed that over 20 senior officers may be involved in the
forthcoming gale of retirements in this regard.
The looming clear-out of the officers is coming just as it also emerged
that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a massive redeployment
of officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force in Niger Delta, following
what was described as their inability to checkmate or contain the
destructive and bombing activities of Niger Delta Avengers and other
militant groups on oil and gas platforms critical to the nation’s revenue
The 20 senior officers, mostly Assistant Inspectors General of Police,
AIGs, are those who enlisted in the Force before the Acting IGP.
Already, seven Deputy Inspectors General, DIGs, have been retired,
following the retirement of former IGP, Solomon Arase, after 35 years in
Vanguard , however, gathered that the retirement of the 20 senior officers,
who form a generation of officers of the police, would create a massive
vacuum of both experienced and highly sound professional officers, who
are specialists in fields that will affect the force badly.
Redeployment of officers
Regarding the redeployment of police officers from the Niger Delta,
Vanguard learned that the alleged discovery that several billions of naira
were distributed through a serving Major General in the Nigerian Army,
who commanded a Joint Task Force in the area, has shown that security
agencies in the Niger Delta had been compromised, and could hardly do
much about the marauding and destructive activities of Niger Delta
Avengers and other militant groups.
Already, new Commissioners of Police have been posted to some of the
states, while others would follow suit.
A source disclosed that the redeployment would cut across all ranks of
the force, down to Commanders, Squadron Commanders and other ranks.
Police to focus on integrity and accountability—Idris
Meanwhile, the Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has said
that under his watch, the Nigerian Police Force would, henceforth, focus
on integrity and accountability.
He said: “In order to establish and maintain high standard of behaviour
in our official conduct and to eliminate impunity and ensure transparency
in application of the core values, we will ensure that henceforth, it will be
against work ethics for any police commander at any level to treat
complaints with levity.
"Complaints received from members of the public must be treated within
the shortest possible time to the satisfaction of the complainant.
“In our efforts to give a boost to the current administration’s war on
corruption, the police management will strengthen the Police X-Squad
units in police commands, with the deployment of thoroughly vetted,
selfless and patriotic officers to tackle corruption and abuse of office
within the police organization at the federal, state and local government
“The personnel deployed to this anti-corruption unit will be supported
with incentives to make them more effective in the discharge of their
“In order to enhance the investigative capacity of the Nigeria Police,
concerted effort will be made to establish, at least, one Police forensic
laboratory in each of the six geo-political zones of the country.
"This will boost the capacity of the police to effectively and efficiently
investigate and prosecute crime within the organization.
On welfare of policemen
“This administration will leave no stone unturned to look into the issue
of provision of cheap and affordable accommodation for the police ranks
“Making uniforms and accoutrement available for members of the ranks
and file will be a priority of this administration. Henceforth, appearance
of every police officer will be taken seriously.
“Prompt and timely payment of salaries of serving personnel will be a
cardinal objective to be vigorously pursued by this administration. "
Joint operation centres
On the establishment of joint operation centres, the Acting IGP said:
“Coordination with other security agencies is very critical at this period
of security challenges in the country.
"In every Police Command, a joint operation centre for effective synergy
with other security agencies to respond to major crises 24/7 will be
created. This will bring our daily operations closer and will build more
trust and confidence among us.’’
Source - Vanguard Newspaper