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Paul Obi in Abuja
The Police Service Commission (PSC) thursday promoted two Commissioners of Police to the rank of Assistant Inspector of Police (AIG) and also confirmed about 241 other officers to higher ranks.
According to Head of Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Anita, PSC â€œapproved the promotion and confirmation of acting appointments of 250 senior police officers. These were some of the high points of the commissionâ€™s 24thplenary meeting held in Abuja from December 5 to 7, 2017 and presided over by its Chairman, Mr. Mike Mbama Okiro, a retired Inspector General of Police.
â€œThe commission approved the promotion of CP Etop John James and CP Rasheed Olatunde Akintunde to the next rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG).
â€œIt also confirmed the acting appointments of CP Donald Awunah, former Force Public Relations Officer and former CP Akwa Ibom State Command, now at the Police Academy Wudil, Kano; CP Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa, Cross Rivers State Command; CP Garba Umar, Anambra State Command; CP Bello Ahmed; CP Imohimi Edgal, Lagos State Command and CP Ali Janga, Kogi State Command.â€
Ani stated that â€œThe Commission approved the promotion of 15 Deputy Commissioners of Police to the substantive rank of Commissioner of Police.
â€œThey include Omololu Shamsiden Bishi, presently at the Nigerian Defence College, Abuja, He was former DCA, Ogun State Command, former DC, CID, Iyaganku, Ibadan and Area Commander, Mushin, Lagos State; Isaac Olutayo Akimoyede also at the Defence College and former DC, Benue State; Aminu Pai Saleh; Makama Hamisu Usman; Mobolaji Olaniyi Fafowora; Igbodo David; Dajuma Mohammed Ibahim; Okon Etim Ene; Abang B. John; Aminu Koji Kwambe; Felix Gochuk Gani; Ibrahim Sabo Umar; Joseph Gobum Mukan; Wakil Mohammed and Abdullahi Yerima Ibrahim.
â€œActing Deputy Commissioner of Police Habu Sani Ahmaduâ€™s appointment was confirmed while 54 Assistant Commissioners of Police were promoted to the rank of deputy commissioners.
â€œThe new Deputy Commissioners include Fausat Oduwole Azeez; Presley Onitsha Dode; Adepoju Ayinde Ilori, Area Commander Ughelli, Delta State Command; Oladimeji Yomi Olanrewaju, Area Commander Metro, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State Command and Ambrose Sunny Onah of Department of Training and Development, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
â€œThe commission also approved the promotion of 164 Chief Superintendents of Police to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police and 8 Deputy Superintendents of Police to the rank of Superintendent.
The Chairman of the commission, Okiro, congratulated the newly promoted officers and charged them to continue to discharge their duties with respect to the rule of law and fear of God.
â€œHe said the commission will continue to ensure that promotions in the Nigeria Police Force are regular and guided by merit, seniority and availability of vacancies.
The Deputy Commissioners of Police were subjected to an interactive session with members of the commission where they were drilled on what was expected of them as Commissioners of Police.
The promotions have been forwarded to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for implementation in a letter signed by Mr. Musa Istifanus, Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the commission.
Meanwhile, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) yesterday arrested the immediate past Director-General of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Alhaji Bature Umar Masari, over allegations bordering on corruption in the award of contracts by the agency.
The former Director-General is currently being quizzed by the commission for his alleged role in fraudulent awards of specialised entrepreneurship contracts to his cronies who were neither professionals nor qualified to execute the projects and for allegedly demanding and receiving kickbacks from contractors. He is also accused of using his position for personal advantage.
ICPC, acting on a petition it received against the former SMEDAN DG, arrested him for questioning but has released him on administrative bail.