In a recent development, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Kayode Egbetokun, has issued directives for the posting and redeployment of key police personnel. The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, confirmed this significant move, stating that it aligns with the Force’s commitment to fostering a professionally competent, service-driven, rule-of-law-compliant, and people-friendly police force.
The reshuffling of positions is also reflective of the elevated status of senior officers who have recently ascended to higher ranks. Among the Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) affected by the redeployment are Ogundele Ayodeji (Zone 7, Abuja), Patrick Edung (Zone 11 Osogbo), Badru Lawal (Border Patrol FHQ), Bartholomew Onyeka (Zone 8 Lokoja), Suleiman Yusuf (DOPS, FHQ), and Idowu Owohunwa (FCID Annex Alagbon Lagos), to name a few.
Similarly, the 26 Commissioners of Police (CPs) who have been posted or redeployed include George Chuku (Benue), Ahmed Tijani (Jigawa), Dan Shawulu (Niger), Usman Hayatu (Gombe), Danjuma Aboki (Imo), Disu Rilwan (Rivers), Joseph Eribo (Taraba), Isyaku Mohammed (Osun), Mohammed Barde (Safer Highways, FHQ), among others.
Adejobi conveyed the IGP’s message, urging the newly appointed officers to align their efforts with the Force’s policy and support the government’s agenda for economic recovery, growth, and socio-political development. The I-G emphasised the importance of professionalism and diligent policing services, urging senior officers to instil these values in the officers and men under their command.
Furthermore, the IGP called for collaboration with relevant stakeholders to bring policing closer to the people. The postings and redeployments are effective immediately, marking a strategic move to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the Nigerian Police Force.