Police Promote 39 Senior Officers, Redeploy 61
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Dikko Abubakar, has redeployed 61 senior police officers to various police commands and formations in the country as part of measures to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in the work of the force.
In a statement, the police spokesperson, Frank Mba, also announced the promotion of 39 senior police officers to their next ranks, to which approval was given on September 27 by the Police Service Commission upon the recommendations of the IGP.
But the embattled Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Mbu Joseph Mbu, who many stakeholders have demanded for his redeployment in view of his destabilising role in the state was conspicuously missing in the list.
Mbu, it would be recalled, has faced increasing criticism from well-meaning Rivers people and notable Nigerians, including members of the National Assembly, who were compelled to pass resolutions seeking his redeployment from Rivers State following allegations of partisanship, complicity and conspiracy in the political crisis in the state and findings of the National Assembly Committee detailed to investigate the matter.
However, the 39 newly promoted senior police officers are part of the redeployments.
“This is in line with the vision and mission of the present police administration to motivate and inspire personnel of the force for greater efficiency and better service delivery, through the pursuit of a robust and a comprehensive welfare regime,” the statement said of the promotions.
Among them, four commissioners of police were promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs).
They include, AIG Balla M. Nasarawa, who was the Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Command; AIG Edgar Tam Nanakumo, who is presently acting as the AIG in-charge of Zone 12 with headquarters in Bauchi; AIG Mohammed J. Gana, who was the Commissioner of Police, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS); and AIG Sabo Ringim Ibrahim, who was acting as the AIG in-charge of Border Patrol.
“In addition to the newly promoted AIGs are eight deputy commissioners of police promoted to the rank of substantive commissioners of police.
“Seven assistant commissioners of police are now deputy commissioners of police; 20 chief superintendents of police are promoted to assistant commissioners of police,” Mba said.
Congratulating the affected officers, the IGP commended the commitment and unique sacrifice with which they have been discharging their duties.
He stated that the elevation of the officers was based on merit and they are therefore, expected to be more dutiful in carrying out the responsibilities of their new ranks.
He further enjoined them to blaze the trail of providing quality leadership to their subordinate officers, in consonance with the on-going reformation agenda of the force.
The officers affected in the redeployment exercise include, six commissioners of police, 26 deputy commissioners of police, and 29 assistant commissioners of police.
The affected commissioners of police are Sherifat Disu Olajoku, who is moved from Western Ports Authority Police Command to CP Administration ‘C’ Department, Force Headquarters; Ambrose O. Aisabor, redeployed from CP Administration ‘A’ Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja to CP Western Ports Authority Police Command, Lagos; Irimiya, from Eastern Ports Authority Police Command, Port Harcourt, to CP Administration ‘A’ Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja; Tijani Baba, from Deputy Commandant, Police College, Kaduna, to CP Eastern Ports Authority Police Command, Port Harcourt; John Opadokun, from CP PMF, FHQ, Abuja, to CP Marine, FHQ, Lagos; and DCP Karma H. Hassan, who becomes the new CP Police Mobile Force (PMF), FHQ, Abuja.
All the postings take immediate effect.
Wike, Promise Keeper – Eze Gbakagbaka
His Majesty, Eze Oha Evo III, King Leslie Nyebuchi Eke, has described the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, as an astute leader and a promise keeper.
Eze Eke stated this when he spoke with newsmen at the commissioning of Rumuigbo internal roads in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, yesterday.
Governor Wike, he said, has so far proven that he has the interest of the state at heart, and expressed satisfaction over the Governor’s continuous project execution even towards the end of his administration.
According to him, the internal roads built by Governor Wike have opened the area to new trench of business and economic activities.
He noted that the community has now become a bee hive of business activities due to the roads.
The Evo King recalled how floods ravaged the area in recent times, but said such now belong to history due to Wike’s intervention.
On the recently commissioned phase one of the Trans-Kalabari Road, he said it has exposed the riverine communities to business activities as well.
He noted that the prices of commodities in the area will now stabilise as more business operators will be trooping into the place.
“The jinx of monopolistic operation is now broken. Everyone in the area will now be moved to do one business or the order. I think the Trans-Kalabari Road is one in million. Kudos to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike”, he said.
He also called on the people to jettison all forms of rancour and acrimony and give the in-coming administration under the leadership of Sir Siminialayi Fubara the needed support in order to enable him execute more people-oriented projects like the out going governor.
The monarch, who supported the idea of ‘Consolidated Government’, revealed that it would bring about rapid development in the state.
“My thinking is that Consolidation is necessary. For instance, the beauty of governance in Lagos State is that they maintained one party over the years, which has addressed the issue of abandoned projects”, he said.
The Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration has executed more projects in the state than any other government with no record of abandoned project.
By: King Onunwor
Pensioners Demand Separate Ministry Under Tinubu’s Govt
Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has called on the President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu, to create a ministry that will be saddled solely with the responsibility of addressing the plights of retirees in the country.
The South-West zone of NUP made the call after its quarterly meeting in Abeokuta, yesterday.
The Tide source reports that the meeting was attended by chairmen and secretaries of NUP from Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Osun, Lagos and Ekiti states.
Speaking with newsmen after the meeting, the Zonal Public Relations Officer of NUP in the zone, Olusegun Abatan, said that the creation of the ministry would turn the fortunes of pensioners around in the country.
Abatan called on Tinubu to do more for pensioners when he assumed office as president.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has done quite a lot for pensioners. He really helped them and so we are appealing to Tinubu to please give the matter of pensioners serious attention.
“We want a separate ministry that will be solely addressing matters that have to do with pensioners under the administration of Tinubu,” he said.
Abatan alleged that governors of South-West states were owing pensioners in the zone huge sums as gratuities and pensions.
He urged all the governors in the zone to implement the consequential adjustment and the 35 per cent increment in pensions without further delay.
Abatan particularly cited Ogun, Ekiti and Osun states where he claimed that the gratuities of pensioners were paid last in 2012.
“They are owing arrears of pensions, gratuities and other entitlements, including gratuities and entitlements to the next of kin of some deceased pensioners.
“We want to appeal to our governors to step up their interests in the affairs of pensioners,” he said.
We’ll Defend PDP’s Mandate Secured During The Election In Rivers -Wike
Rivers State governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State will defend the mandate that was been given to all of its candidates in the 2023 general election.
The governor noted that soon the various election tribunals will commence sitting where the mandate will be challenged, but the PDP will stand in defence of its candidates to ensure that the mandate is not stolen.
Governor Wike gave the assurance when he spoke at a luncheon organised to celebrate the PDP candidates who won their election and have been presented with their Certificates of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Those honoured with the luncheon at the Banquet Hall of Government House in Port Harcourt on Wednesday were the Governor-elect, Sir Siminialayi Fubara, Deputy Governor-elect, Prof. Ngozi Odu and other elected Representatives of Rivers State to the National and Rivers State House of Assembly.
Governor Wike pointed to the fierce political battle that was experienced during the general election and that if not for God, the victory that PDP is celebrating today would have eluded it.
The Rivers State governor told those who have been elected to the National Assembly to support every cause that promotes national unity, while placing the interest of the State paramount at all times.
He explained the importance of working in tandem with the State on any cause, whether it is suiting to them or not, but because it is expedient in advancing the interest of the State.
Governor Wike pointed to some Rivers leaders who went to Abuja and betrayed the interest of the state. He said they have become the greatest losers and fallen out of relevance in the State.
The governor also urged the elected representatives to trend with caution and never use their elevated positions to undermine or antagonise existing leadership structure in their various local government areas.
He told them not to abandon those who have contributed sundry efforts to ensure that their emergence at the polls was successful.
Governor Wike scolded Hon. Nwanaka Okpokiri, the member representing Ahoada West State constituency, for working against the success of the PDP in the last general election, but failed.
In his speech, Rivers State Chairman of PDP, Ambassador Desmond Akawor, said there is massive celebration across the State over the victory of the party in the last general election.
He noted as astute the leadership governor Wike provided in leading the party in a fierce electoral battle that has produced youngest governor-elect in Nigeria, Sir Siminalayi Fubara.
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