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Shake-up in police, as IG redeploys 16 CPs

By Wisdom Patrick, Snr Correspondent, Lagos

Inspector General (IG) of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, on Wednesday announced the re-deployment of 16 Commissioners of Police to various commands in an exercise a top police source described as long over-due.

In all, a total of 33 commissioners were moved from their previous duty posts in police formations and departments to new ones across the country.

Commissioner of Police, Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Tunde Ogunsakin, is now Commissioner in charge of Kwara State Police Command, while the former Commissioner of Police, Airport Command, James Olatunde Caulcrick, is now in charge of Police Detective College in Enugu.

The IG made the announcement in a statement signed by Deputy Force Public Relations Officer (DFPRO), Frank Mbah.

The new postings which take immediate effect also saw the movement of former Commissioner of Police, Railway, to Ebonyi State Police Command.

Mbah stated that the latest deployment was part of the on-going efforts to reposition the Force for greater efficiency, “Particularly as we commence our sojourn into the year.”

He said the exercise covers some newly promoted officers, and is “expected to inject fresh ideas into the system, and other senior officers swapping strategic command positions.”

The statement stated further that Abubakar has charged the newly deployed officers to adopt proactive and aggressive crime-fighting strategies.

“There are also plans to continually initiate policies and programmes that would strengthen the essential values of policing and best practices in law enforcement, which include transparency, accountability, respect for fundamental human rights of citizens and the promotion of strong professional ethics in accordance with the provisions of the Code of Conduct for the Force.”

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