The Police Service Commission, PSC, has approved the promotion of three assistant inspectors general of police, AIGs, to the rank of deputy inspectors general of police, DIGs.
The new DIGs are expected to fill the vacant duty posts created by the retirements of three DIGs representing the North Central, North East, and North West geopolitical zones.
In a statement issued by the commission spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, on Sunday, the PSC said it had suspended the promotions of eight serving commissioners of police, CPs, to the rank of assistant inspectors general, AIGs, due to their failure to appear before it for a mandatory promotion interview.
The commission also suspended the promotion of eleven deputy commissioners of police to the next rank of commissioners.
He explained that the commission had sent invitations to the officers to appear before it for the usual interaction to ascertain their suitability and capability for the new offices, which they failed to honour.
“The Commission expressed surprise on their failure to honour the invitation, especially as the 2023 general elections are just days away,” he added.
According to Mr Ani, “AIG Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa, the Force Secretary, will be replacing retired DIG Mustapha Dan- Daura for the North West slot. DIG Dan- Daura retired on the 15th of January this year.
“AIG Aji Ali Janga from the North East will replace DIG Zanna Mohammed Ibrahim, who retired on the 26th of November 2022, while AIG Adeleke Adeyinka Bode of North Central will replace DIG Sanusi Lemu, who retired on the 31st of January this year”.
He said the new appointments were part of the decisions of the reconvened 18th Plenary Meeting of the Commission, which held in Abuja on Thursday, 2nd and Friday 3rd February, 2023 and chaired by the acting chairman of the commission, Clara Ogunbiyi.
Other promotions approved by the commission are: the promotion of ten assistant commissioners of police to the next rank of deputy commissioners; 17 chief superintendents of police to assistant commissioners and; 301 superintendents of police to chief superintendents.
“47 skipped Deputy Superintendents of Police from previous recommendations to the Commission were also promoted to Superintendents of Police while 665 Assistant Superintendents of Police were promoted to Deputy Superintendents of Police,” the statement disclosed.
The PSC chairman, while congratulating the newly promoted officers, charged them to give their best to the service of the nation, especially as the country heads to the polls to elect new leaders.