The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali, has charged newly-promoted senior police officers to bring their vast experiences and professionalism to bear, in advancing the fortunes of the Force in their new ranks.

The IGP also enjoined them to key into the vision and mission statement of his administration which is to protect with courage and serve with compassion.

Alkali gave the charge on Friday, January 14, 2022 at the decoration ceremony for the 25 officers with their new ranks at the Goodluck Jonathan Peacekeeping Centre, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The officers, who were been found worthy in all ramifications to earn the promotion, were decorated amidst cheers from their spouses, loved ones and well-wishers.

The senior officers included Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Department of Operations, Zaki Ahmed and Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Department of Research and Planning at the Force Headquarters, Johnson Babatunde Kokumo.

Also decorated were six Assistant Inspectors-General of Police who were elevated from their previous rank of Commissioners of Police. They included AIG Sanusi Buba,(former CP Katsina); AIG Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu (former CP Anti-Fraud, FCID); AIG Bello Sani Dalijan (former CP INEC); AIG Yahaya Sahabo Abubakar (former CP Yobe); AIG Akingbola Olatunji, (former CP Benue); and AIG Hakeem Odumosu, (former CP Lagos).

The 17 Commissioners of Police who were elevated from their previous rank of Deputy Commissioners of Police included CP Josephine Nneka Anyasinti, CP Haruna Gabriel Garba, CP Tajudeen Akinwale Abass, who was the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Iyaganku in Oyo State Police Command, and the duo of CP Patrick Kehinde Longe and CP Yetunde Longe who are also, most significantly, husband and wife.

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CP Kehinde Longe was the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations before his transfer to Rivers State early in 2021, from where he got his promotion.

In an highlight of the brief ceremony, there was a presentation of an award to AIG Hakeem Odumosu as the best Commissioner of Police for the year 2021 by the President, Police Officers’ Wives Association (POWA), Hajiya Hajjara Usman Baba Alkali, for his commitment towards women empowerment, social development, effective crime fighting and quality service delivery.

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