No fewer than 30 senior police officers including Deputy Inspector Generals (DIGs) and Assistant Inspector Generals (AIGs) would be compulsorily retired from the force as the Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has requested that these senior officers be retired. The Acting IGP has consequently written to President Muhammadu Buhari for approval.
This follows the practice in the Force and any other military or para-military establishment in which any persons above the rank of a newly promoted most senior officer would have to go for fear of sabotage and disloyalty.
Idris was appointed acting IGP last week following the retirement of Mr. Solomon Arase, who has attained the age of 60.
Upon his recent promotion, Idris was a junior AIG and was less than a year on that rank. As at July 2015, Idris was a Commissioner of Police in charge of Nasarawa State Command.
Meantime, the Ag. IGP Ibrahim K Idris, has appointed DCP Don Awunah, as the new Force Public Relations Officer to replace ACP Olabisi Kolawole who was the Force Public Relations Officer from August 2015 to June, 2016.
Until his new assignment, DCP Don Awunah, who is a seasoned and thoroughbred officer, was the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Homicide Section of Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) Abuja. He holds B.A degree in Philosophy from the University of Lagos and M.A in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Benue State University, Makurdi. He is a Fellow of Institute of security Studies (fsi), Fellow of Institute of Corporate Administration, and Member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).
The outgoing Force PRO, ACP Olabisi Kolawole urged the media and the public to extend maximum cooperation to the new Spokesman, just as the new FPRO promised to work to increase the tempo of good relationship between the Police and the public in line with the policy thrust of the Nigeria Police Force.