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Police promotes Abubakar, Lagos taskforce ex-boss, 121 others

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

As part of efforts to reward dedication and selflessness to maintaining security across the country, the
Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved promotion of 123 senior law enforcement officers.

A breakdown of the senior Policemen promoted showed that one Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) was elevated to Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), while 10 Commissioners of Police to the next rank of AIGs; 15 Deputy Commissioners of Police to substantive Commissioners and 36 Assistant Commissioners of Police to Deputy Commissioners.

Others were 61 Chief Superintendents of Police elevated to the rank of Assistant Commissioners of Police.

The senior law enforcement officers appeared before the PSC in session for the compulsory interactive promotion interview which is one of the requirements for their promotion to the next rank.

In the statement released on Friday, the commission disclosed that Assistant Inspector General of Police, Yahaya Abubakar, has been elevated to the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police.

Abubakar was until his appointment the AIG in charge of Zone 14 Katsina and would be representing the North-East in the Police Management Team, replacing DIG Habu Sani who recently retired as DIG Force Intelligence Bureau and representing the Zone.

Also promoted by the commission is the Lagos State former Taskforce Chairman, ACP Bayo Suleimon, who has been elevated to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) as the Commander, PMF 20, Lagos.

The decisions to promote these officers, according to a statement by the Head, Press and Public Relations, PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, were taken at the extraordinary Management Meeting of the Commission held on Thursday, June 6, 2024 and presided over by the Chairman of the Commission, Solomon Arase.

The statement said the list of the promoted officers has been conveyed to the IGP for implementation and further necessary action.

Earlier, Arase at the interactive sessions told the Officers that in the emerging dynamic and ubiquity of crime and criminality within the revolution in Information and communication technology, ”charting out pathways for effective policing and internal security management would have to necessarily orient from informed crafting and employment of applicable mix of strategies, standard operating procedures and tactics by the police, other law enforcement and regulatory agencies of the state, mainstreaming a knowledge-driven Police Force staffed by mentally mobile workforce refined for optimum service delivery “.

Arase charged them to be genuinely committed to their sacred responsibility of securing the Nigerian nation by effectively protecting lives and property, preventing and containing crimes and criminality across the nation.

He pledged the Commission’s readiness to ensure that promotions of Officers and Men are regular and predictable.

The Commissioners of Police promoted to the new rank of AIGs are Ahmed Ammani, former CP Enugu and currently in ICT Department, Force Headquarters; Mohammed Dankwara Adamu Deputy Commandant Police Academy, Wudil Kano; Gumel Mohammed Usaini, CP Kano State Command; Hamzat Adebola Ayinde, CP Oyo State Command; Okuoma Idegwu Basil, CP Elections, Force Headquarters Abuja; Achinyan Zachary’s Fera; CP FCID Enugu; Baba Zango Ibrahim, CP DFA, FCID, Abuja; Mohammed Isyaku, CP Admin, FCID Annex Lagos and CP Margaret Agebe Ochalla, CP Police Special Fraud Unit Annex Lagos.

DCP Bassey Samuel Ewah, DC Admin, Department of Operations, Force Headquarters; Osagie John Agans-Irabor, SCID, Benue State Command; DCP Edem Ita Selong, Admin and Finance, Zone 9 Umuahia and DCP Monday Agbonika, Interpol Annex Lagos were promoted to the substantive rank of Commissioners of Police.

Other Deputy Commissioners promoted to CPs were Michael Okoh, Department of Operations, Zone 9 Umuahia; Ayodele Oluyemi Sonubi, State CID, Oyo State Command; Iyama Daniel Edobor, Operations Department, Bayelsa State Command; Isa Danladi Nda, SWAT, FCID Abuja; Akaniyene Ifebem Ezima Zonal CID, Zone 17 Akure and Livingston Ikioye Orutugu, Commandant PMF Training School Ende Hills Jos.

Others are DCP Bello Rashid Afegbua, Admin, Department of Training, Force Headquarters, Abuja; Hycenth Azuka Edozie Force Operations FCID, FHQ Abuja; Haruna Alaba Yahaya, Interpol, FCID Abuja; Peter Ozigi Umoru, Zonal CID, Zone 8, Lokoja; Ayotunde Godwin Omodeinde, Operations Department, Cross Rivers State Command.

The 36 Assistant Commissioners of Police promoted to the next rank of Deputy Commissioners include; Obo Ukam Obo; Musibau Adeola Adedoyin; Lawal Bamidele Adeshina and Anthony Okon Placid.

Others are Onyeamu Akaeme Onyeamu, AC, Ops, Enugu State Command; Suleiman K. Bayonle, Commander PMF 20, Lagos; Asuquo Effiong, Special Investigation Unit FHQ, Abuja; Mustapha A. Rufai, Area Commander Auchi; Victor Akongtendor Bepeh, DFA, BPF, Force Headquarters Abuja; Chinedu Ugwu, Area Commander, Oji River Enugu Command; Kingsley Ifeanyi Woke SCID Ebonyi State Command; Issah Onize Lawal, Zonal CID Zone 2 Lagos and Ifeanyi Aham Ohuruzo, Commander PMF 21 Abuja.

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