Eight policemen move up the food chain

by Betty Onwochie

Eight new Deputy Inspectors General of Police (DIG) have been approved for the Nigeria Police by the Police Service Commission (PSC), the agency that regulates the Force.

Six of the new DIGs were previously Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIG), while two were Commissioners of Police (CP).

The officers are Dan’Azumi Doma, Mamman Tsafe, David Omojola, Solomon Arase, Christopher Katso, Salihu Hashidu, Hilary Opara and Sotonye Wakama, and their promotions took effect from August 19, 2014, according to a statement by a PSC spokesperson, Ferdinand Ekpe.

The promotions were necessitated by the retirement of all the DIGs that served with the former Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, who retired from service on July 31.

The PSC in the statement re-affirmed its earlier decision that promotions from the ranks of ACPs to AIGs would only be done after interviews with the affected officers, and said that it had reviewed the time limit within which aggrieved police officers could make complaints against punishment meted to them to 30 days from the receipt of the decisions.

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