The promotion of 40 Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) to the substantive rank of Commissioners of Police was authorized by the Police Service Commission (PSC) yesterday.
Due to a vacancy in the medical cadre, the commission also approved the fast promotion of two Assistant Commissioners.
Following an interactive session/interview with the commission in the plenary meeting presided over by Justice Clara Ogunbiyi (rtd), the new police commissioners were promoted.
According to a press release from Abuja, the commission also authorized the promotion of CPs Rudouf Echebi and Abdul Yari Lafia to the position of Assistant Inspector-General General of Police.
The date of promotion of CP Yari, who was until his elevation, Commissioner of Police, Training, was earlier considered and adjusted by the commission which qualified him for promotion.
The leadership of the commission also paid a courtesy visit on the Minister of Police Affairs Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi and had visited the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba Wednesday at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
The new Commissioners of Police are; Adebola Ayinde Hamzat, presently DCP, SCID, Ondo State Command; Idegwu Basil Okuoma, DCP Federal Operations, Force Headquarters Abuja; Zachariah Dera Achinyan, National Defence College Abuja; Sule Balarebe, DCP DFA, Sokoto State Command; Zango Ibrahim Baba, DCP SFU, FCIID Annex, Lagos; Maiyaki Mohammed Baba, DCP Admin, Kebbi State Command; Ishiaku Mohammed, DCP Finance Force Headquarters; Margret Agebe Ochalla, Team Leader, IGP Monitoring Unit and presently Gender Coordinator of the Nigeria Police Force; Benneth Igwe, DCP OPs FCT Command and Mohammed Abdul Suleiman, second in command, Force Education Officer.
Others are Ajala Elijah Ayoola, DCP FMIU, Lagos; Romokere God’s Gift Ibani, DCP SCID, Abia State Command; Akika Augustine, Deputy Commandant, Police College, Ikeja; Peter W. Wagbara, DCP Admin, Rivers State Command; Ogundare Dare Emmanuel, DCP SCID, Kebbi State Command; Chris Omonzokpea Aimionowane, DCP Ops Zone 13 Ukpo; Augustina Nwuka Ogbodo, former DCP Admin, FCT Command and presently in FCIID, Abuja; Polycarp Chilaka Dibia, DCP Zone 6 Benin;
Ogunrinde Banji, DCP Force CID, Annex Lagos; Sybil Olufunmilayo Akinfenwa, DCP Homicide, FCIID Annex Lagos; Ita Lazarus Uko-Udom DCP DFA Zone 12 Bauchi; Samuel Titus Musa, DCP SCID, Enugu State Command and Ochogwu Abbas Ogbeh, second in command, Force Legal .
The newly promoted Commissioners also include; John Ayuba Babangida, DCP DFA, Ekiti State Command; Kayode Adetunmbi, DCP Ops, Zone 9 Umuahia; Aderemi Olufemi Adeoye, DCP OPs Anambra State Command; Dayo Ariyo, DCP Boarder Patrol; Stephen Olarewaju, DCP, DFA, Nasarawa State Command; Remigius Okwor, DCP, DCP Force Headquarters Police Accounts and Budget Annex Lagos; Kenechukwu Onwuemelie, DCP SCID, Ogun State Command; Fayodade Adegoke Mustapha, DCP SCID Lagos State Command and Adegboyega Funsho Adegboye, DCP OPs Ondo State Command.
Others include Umar Shehu Nadada, DCP OPs Nasarawa State Command; Mustapha Mohammed Bala, DCP SCID Imo State Command; Taiwo Olatunde Adeleke, DCP OPs PAP Western Command Lagos; Ibrahim Abdullahi, DCP General Investigation FIICD; Akinwale Adeniran, DCP DFA, Zone 8 Lokoja; Mamman Dauda, DCP OPs Zamfara State Command; Mohammed Bala Labbo, DCP Communication, Kebbi State Command; Umaru Madaki, DCP Nursing, Kano State Command; Nkechi Eze, O/C Medical Rivers State Command and Garba Emmanuel Nzukwen, O/C Medical, Taraba State Command.
The Commission further approved the promotion of three Assistant Commissioners to Deputy Commissioners of Police and one Superintendent of Police to Chief Superintendent of Police.
The statement said the acting Chairman of the commission called on the beneficiaries of the new ranks to rededicate themselves to the service of their fatherland.
She made a point of saying that they should bring their diverse experiences to their new workplaces in order to lessen the devastating security issues facing the nation, particularly as it prepares for fresh national elections.
The commission will continue to make sure that police promotions are not postponed and that the process is fair, equitable, and based on seniority and the availability of openings, according to Justice Ogunbiyi.