According to reports, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, yesterday, decorated the newly promoted Assistant Inspector Generals of Police, and said promotion in the Nigeria Police Force is based on seniority henceforth.
IGP Ibrahim Idris explained that the Force management decided to adopt seniority as criteria for promotion adding that it will help people know their projection in service.
The IGP disclosed this in Abuja yesterday when the minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, visited him at the Force Headquarters to unveil the “Change Begins with Me Campaign” campaign to senior officers.
According to the IGP, “We don’t look at people, what we consider is pure seniority in promotion. We are all witnesses to so many situations in the past where they use different criteria for promotion but in this time, like some of you that contacted me, even the names promoted are arranged based on seniority.
“When we entered this job, there was a time we looked at it, we had people of a particular part of the country that were promoted but there was no rancour then and to avoid rancour within the system now, we at the senior level have decided that even the names of those to be promoted should be purely based on seniority.
“We believe that it will help people in the Force to know their projection in the service”.
He also urged officers and men of the Force to ensure adequate security throughout the country.
“I implore you to provide the best service to the people of this country. I also want us to be very decisive on the issue of discipline. Police service is to the Nigerian people and nobody should be under any illusion. Irrespective of your location, as far as you are a policeman, you should be ready to provide the security in whatever capacity.”