No fewer than 24 officers of the Nigeria Police Force were on Monday decorated with new ranks at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
Naija News reports that the senior personnel were decorated today by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba.
Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, confirmed this in a statement released some moments ago. He noted the IGP decorated the AIGs while announcing the new Nigeria Police Manpower Development Policy.
This is the first phase in the decoration exercise for 167 Senior Police Officers recently approved by the Police Service Commission following their recommendation by the IGP, Naija News understands.
Dignitaries present at the ceremony include the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammed Maigari Dingyadi; the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Musa Bello; the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya; Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi; Members of the Force Management Team, traditional leaders, among others.
Mba in the statement said, “The IGP noted that the Manpower Development Policy of the Force is a deliberate protocol to identify, elevate, and position professionally competent officers who will act as the Strategic Police Managers that will drive the new policing vision and give effect to strategies at responding to current and emerging security threats in the country. The Policy also prioritizes human capacity development and welfare of Police Officers for better police service delivery.
“The IGP, while congratulating the newly promoted officers, charged them to deploy their wealth of experience to support his leadership mission of positively changing the policing and internal security narratives in the country. He also encouraged the officers to discharge the schedules of their new rank within the dictates of the law and the policing expectations of the citizens.
“The IGP expressed his appreciation to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR for consistently committing to the Nigeria Police Reform Agenda. He thanked the Police Service Commission for supporting and aiding the new human capacity development of the Force and equally appreciated the Honourable Minister of Police Affairs, the Senate and House Committees on Police Affairs, for their support to the police modernisation, re-orientation and re-equipment drive.”