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IGP orders mass transfer,says policemen now associate with criminals

The Inspector General of  Police (IGP), Muhammed Abubakar, has  directed the immediate transfer of all the general duty police personnel of all ranks in all formations and commands, including the Police training institutions who had spent more than two years in their present duty stations.

The Police signal with Ref.CB:4092/FS/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.1/20 dated 2nd August, 2012 and signed by the force secretary, Assistant Inspector General of Poice, Dan’Azumi J Doma, was copied all Deputy Inspectors General of Police (DIGs), Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), zonal headquarters, commandants of police colleges and state Police Commissioners, among others, for immediate action.

Inspector General of Police  decried that some general duty officers and other ranks have stayed more than 10 years in their present duty posts and such some officers “ tend to associate with criminals in their localities.”

IGP said the Police have been reduced to local land spectators, local politicians and have mixed up in family or chieftaincy tussles. These have not only adversely affected the efficiency of the Force in the discharge of its statutory duties, but has limited the optimum utilization and deployment of personnel as well a s hamper their exposure on various aspects of the profession.

Following this development, the IGP directed that henceforth, ”the normal tenure of service for general duty police personnel of all ranks in all formations and commands, including police training institutions should not exceed two years” except otherwise permitted by him.


In addition, ”the IGP directs that officers and men should not be repeated on the same duty post earlier vacated until it is absolutely necessary.”


Though the Force Public Relatons Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba, could not be immediately reached for comments, a very senior officer at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, confirmed the story in confidence to the Nigerian Tribune, saying that it was part of the ongoing efforts to reposition the police for greater efficiency.

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