The Police Service Commission has approved the appointment and subsequent deployment of 37 Command Commissioners of Police for the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, following the recommendation of the acting Inspector-General of Police.
The Commissioners are: Buba Sanusi, Katsina State; Mohammed Wakili, Kano State; Rabiu Ladodo, Jigawa State; Ahmed Iliyasu, Ogun State; Mu’azu Zubairu, Lagos State; Ibrahim Sabo, Niger State; Alkassam Sanusi, Taraba State; Garba M. Mukaddas, Adamawa State; Omololu Bishi, Benue State; Bola Longe, Nassarawa State; Isaac Akinmoyede, Plateau State; Odumosu Hakeem, Edo State; Olushola David, Bayelsa State; Adeleke Yinka, Delta State; Austin Iwero Agbonlahor, Cross Rivers State; Bashir Makama, Akwa Ibom State; Awosola Awotunde, Ebonyi State; Belel Usman, Rivers State; Bello Makwashi, Gombe State and Abdulrahman Ahmed, Kaduna State.
Others are: Bala Ciroma, FCT; Egbetokun Kayode, Kwara State; Hakeem Busari, Kogi State; Asuquo Amba, Ekiti state; Galadanchi Dasuki, Imo State; Suleiman Balarabe, Enugu State; Dandaura Mustapha, Anambra State; Etim Ene Okon, Abia state; Ibrahim Kaoje, Sokoto state; Celestine Okoye, Zamfara State; Garba Danjuma, Kebbi State; Abiodun Ige, Osun State; Undie Adie, Ondo State; Olukolu Shina, Oyo State; Ali Janga, Bauchi State; Damian Chukwu, Bornu State and Sumonu Abdulmalik, Yobe State.
Spokesperson of the Commission, Ikechukwu Ani, in a statement, said the Commissioners are expected to proceed immediately to their new Commands ahead of the 2019 General Elections.
Meanwhile, chairman of the Commission, Alhaji Musiliu Smith has charged them to quickly settle at their new posts and ensure that the forth-coming general elections in their various commands are peaceful, free, fair and transparent.
He further added that our nation cannot afford any disruption of the elections anywhere as the world is looking up to Nigeria for a proof that its democracy has continued to mature.
Meanwhile, Nigeria Police Force, yesterday, said it would soon prune down or withdraw its Special Protection Unit (SPU) and Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) operatives attached to certain categories of personalities.
The acting Inspector-General of Police ( I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu, made the disclosure at a meeting with Commanders of SPU and CTU in Abuja.
He said that the decision to withdraw the personnel was aimed at ensuring full mobilisation and deployment of the personnel for the upcoming general elections.
Adamu said that the force expected a highest level of professionalism from the officers during the elections as their conduct would be subjected to national and international scrutiny.
He said that adequate provision had been made for the welfare of policemen while they would be performing their duty during the elections.
The police boss said that the two units were established to complement the Police Mobile Force (PMF) towards supporting conventional police in addressing critical internal security threats and civil disorders.
He said that personnel of the SPU and CTU were critical components of the broad election security plan of the force.
Adamu added that the meeting was basically directed at engaging commanders of the CTU and SPU of the force.
“It is for this reason that you are all invited here to brainstorm and be briefed on the specific roles that you will be expected to perform during the elections,” he said.
He said that the units were expected to provide specialialised protection for the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) staff, NYSC, among others, during the elections.
The I-G also held similar strategic meetings with the 36 command Commissioners of Police (CPs), FCT and PMF commanders across the country.
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