The inspector-general of police (IGP), Usman Baba, has approved the posting of new commissioners of police (CPs) to 12 states and the federal capital territory (FCT).
Frank Mba, the spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), disclosed this in a statement on Friday.
According to Mba, the decision was taken as part of efforts to strengthen security across the country.
Aside from the FCT, states affected are Benue, Kaduna, Cross River, Niger, Kwara, Taraba, Kogi, Jigawa, Enugu, Kebbi, Nasarawa, and Bayelsa.
The posting is to take effect immediately.
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc, has ordered the posting of Commissioners of Police to take over the saddle of leadership in thirteen (13) State Commands including the Federal Capital Territory. The posting of the Senior Officers is part of efforts at repositioning the Force for greater efficiency, stabilizing the internal security order, and scaling up the fight against crimes and criminality in the country,” the statement reads.
“The affected State Commands and Commissioners of Police posted are Niger State Command, CP Monday Bala Kuryas; Kwara State Command, CP Emienbo Tuesday Assayamo; Nasarawa State Command, CP Soyemi Musbau Adesina; Taraba State Command, CP Abimbola Shokoya; Benue State Command, CP Akingbola Olatunji; FCT Police Command, CP Babaji Sunday; Kogi State Command, CP Arungwa Nwazue Udo; Kaduna State Command, CP Abdullahi Mudashiru; Jigawa State Command, CP Aliyu Sale Tafida; Enugu State Command, CP Abubakar Lawal; Cross River State Command, CP Alhassan Aminu; Bayelsa State Command, CP Echeng Eworo Echeng, and Kebbi State Command, CP Musa Baba.
“Other Senior officers deployed are CP Ndatsu Aliyu Mohammed, a former Commissioner of Police, Enugu State, who is now the CP Anti-Fraud Unit FCID, Abuja; CP Sikiru Akande, a former CP in Cross River State who is now redeployed to the Department of ICT as the CP ICT, Force Headquarters, Abuja. Similarly, CP Bankole Lanre Sikiru is deployed as the CP INTERPOL, FCID Lagos; and CP Augustine Arop is now posted as the Deputy Commandant, Police Staff College Jos.”
According to the force spokesman, the IGP advised the newly posted officers to “to justify the confidence reposed in them”, and assured citizens of “sustained efforts by the Force in stabilizing security in the country”.
“He enjoined citizens in the affected States to cooperate with their new Commissioners of Police for efficient service delivery,” Mba added.