The Police Service Commission has approved the promotion of 632 senior Police Officers in line with its constitutional mandate.
Four hundred and sixty officers were promoted from the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police, to the next rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police, while 172 officers on the rank of DSP were elevated to the rank of Superintendent of Police.
A statement by the Head, Press and Public Relations, PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, in Abuja on Friday said the Commission took the decision at its 11th plenary meeting which was presided over by its Chairman, Dr. Mike Okiro, a retired Inspector-General of Police.
The promotion of the officers took effect from March 12, 2015.
It said the officers were found to have satisfied the Commission’s criteria for promotion which includes maturity on a rank, absence of pending disciplinary matter, merit and vacancy availability.
“Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Okiro enjoined the officers to see their promotion as a necessary impetus to redouble their efforts in the service of the nation. He charged them to work within the rule of law and with the fear of God,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, as part of strategies to enforce the Police Anti-corruption Initiative, the Acting IG, Solomon Arase, has directed the IGP Teams on Monitoring of Police Performance to immediately commence the monitoring of activities/conducts of Police officers on the Highways, Police Stations and Formations nationwide.
The IG expressed his resolve to rid the Force of all forms of corruption and warned officers and men to desist from corrupt practices.
Arase, in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, further urged the officers and men of the Force to be mindful of the constitutional rights of the citizenry, while performing their statutory duties, warning against excessive use of force and unjustifiable application of lethal weapons contrary to standing rules of engagement.