Police Service Commission queries IGP over new commands

The Police Service Commission has ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to provide the Presidential approval on the creation of new zonal commands.

The commission also stood down the promotion of 112 senior police officers until the IGP complied with its directive.

The decisions were expected to be conveyed to the police boss on Monday for implementation.

It, however, promoted Assistant Inspector -General of Police, Sanusi Lemu to Deputy Inspector General of Police, to replace retired DIG Abdulmajid Ali, representing the North Central.

It also approved the promotion of Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura, former CP Anambra and Rivers States, to the substantive rank of AIG.

The IG had in May announced the establishment of five zonal commands, including Ondo/Ekiti command with headquarters at Akure, Ondo State; Enugu/Anambra/Ebonyi Command with headquarters in Ukpo-Dunukofia in Anambra State.

Others are Bayelsa/Rivers command with headquarters in Yenogoa,Bayelsa State;

Katsina,/Kaduna command with headquarters in Katsina; Yobe/Borno command with headquarters in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The Force Intelligence Bureau was also excised from the FCID to become a full-fledged department to be headed by a DIG.

But rising from its 9th Plenary meeting in Abuja on Monday and Tuesday, presided over by the PSC Chairman, Musiliu Smith, the agency said the affected officers who were drawn from the new commands would not be promoted until the IGP provided the presidential authorization.

This was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the commission’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, entitled, ‘PSC promotes 175 senior police officers, steps down 112 others, insists IGP submits Presidential approval creating new zonal commands and departments.’

The commission also confirmed the acting appointments of 60 senior officers, including three Commissioners of Police and four Deputy Commissioners.

The beneficiaries are CP, Kwara State, Egbetokun Adeolu; CP, Lagos State, Odumosu Olusegun, and CP Works at the Force force headquarters, Shehu Shuaibu.

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