By Augustine Ehikioya
To boost morale of personnel towards greater productivity, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has approved and released the promotion of 21,039 junior Police Officers of the Nigeria Police Force.
Recall that Security Watch Africa (SWA) had exclusively reported the planned promotion of the junior officers on Wednesday.
The junior officers affected in the promotion exercise were last promoted on or before 2017.
A statement issued on Thursday by the Ag. Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, and made available to Security Watch Africa said “the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, on Wednesday, 13th April, 2022 at about 2.30 pm, graciously approved the promotion of 21,039 junior police officers who were last promoted on or before 2017.
“The promotion which comprised the elevation of 20,572 Sergeants to the next rank of Inspector, 324 Corporals to Sergeants, and 143 Constables to the rank of Corporal, is part of the ongoing efforts aimed at improving welfare, conditions of service, boosting the morale of personnel, with a view to repositioning the Force for greater efficiency.
“The IGP further noted that the promotion of the officers is part of the manpower development drive of his administration to ensure that deserving personnel are promoted accordingly, to encourage hard work, and further embed the culture of merit, excellence, and dedication to duties.”
Senior Police Officers were also assured that their promotion exercise would soon be concluded and released.
The IGP assured “senior police officers that the Force high command is liaising with the Police Service Commission on the release of their promotion, which is expected to be approved and released as soon as possible.”
The statement said the Inspector-General of Police, while commending the newly promoted officers for their resilience and invaluable commitment to duties, charged them to see their promotion as a call for “renewed zeal, vigour, patriotism to duty, and further re-dedication to professional policing standards.’
The IGP restated the commitment of his administration to entrenching longstanding reforms in the Nigeria Police Force.