By Joseph Edeh
#TrackNigeria: The Nigeria Police Force has restated its commitment to be professional during the upcoming elections in the country.
The acting Inspector-General of Police (I-G ), Mr Mohammed Adamu gave the assurance at the decoration of 18 Assistant Inspectors-General Police (AIGs) and 33 Commissioners of Police (CPs) on Wednesday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ceremony was attended by some former Inspectors-General of Police.
“I can assure the nation and the international community that we have perfected plans and mobilised assets to give the country peaceful and credible elections,’’ he said.
He said that the police being the lead agency in the electoral process was expected to discharge their mandate within the dictates of the rule of law.
Adamu said that the promotion of the officers was guided by the principles of seniority and merit.
“On assumption of duty, I pledged to address the current internal security challenges by evolving new policing strategies and identifying quality officers to support me in the implementation,’’ he said.
He said that the newly promoted officers would be strategic to the advancement of his leadership trust.
The police boss said that the officers would be deployed to play active roles in this process.
“The force leadership and indeed the nation look up to you to manifest your professional excellence in the security task that you might be deployed to perform.
“I trust that you shall not fail the force, neither will you fail the
the nation in this arduous national duty,’’ he said.
Also speaking, former I-G of police, Mr Solomon Arase who graced the occasion urged the officers to support the acting police boss.
Arase also urged them to respect the rights of Nigerians while discharging their duty.
Mr Suleiman Abba, also a former I-G of police, advised Adamu to jettison the idea of “godfatherism’’.
“When you kill the monster of ‘godfatherism’ in the force, you must have succeeded 70 per cent in your job,’’ he said.
NAN recalls that the Police Service Commission (PSC) had on Jan. 31, approved the promotion of 13 AIGs and 33 CPs. (NAN)