NAIRA REDESIGN POLICY: NPF CAUTIONS AGAINST DIVISIVE, CRISIS-PRONE UTTERANCES Amidst the prevailing outcries and reactions on the new naira policy in the country, the Nigeria Police Force has deemed it necessary to caution groups and individuals against divisive comments and utterances capable of heating up the polity and triggering crisis in the nation. This call is highly imperative as the Police perceive the reactions and utterances of certain groups and individuals as an attempt to heat up the polity and spontaneously instigate the populace against the government and its policies for their peculiar interests and gains. The NPF, therefore, charges the citizenry of Nigeria to remain calm and embrace peace as the Federal Government has assured that it is taking the bull by the horn, assiduously to address the scarcity of naira and fuel and restore normalcy in all sectors. Similarly, the Nigerian populace is hereby urged to desist from any act of violence, hooliganism, and vandalism that may jeopardize the ongoing electoral process, which is significant and critical in the transitional advancement of democracy in Nigeria. Meanwhile, the NPF will like to assure the general public that it is working in concert with Defence, security, and intelligence agencies to provide a peaceful environment for all citizens to conduct their socio-economic activities. CSP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI, mnipr, mipra FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER FORCE HEADQUARTERS ABUJA 18th February, 2023

…As NPF Addresses Allegations of Nepotism, Ethnic Bias

…IGP Remains a Great Nationalist – FPRO

By Olushola Okunlade

The Nigeria Police Force hereby wishes to address recent speculations regarding nepotism and ethnic bias in its administration most especially with regards to postings.

In light of recent reports, we find it imperative to provide clarity set the record straight, and highlight the steadfast commitment of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, Ph.D., NPM, to inclusivity and diversity within the NPF.

The NPF acknowledges the importance of addressing concerns raised regarding the fairness and impartiality of appointments and postings of officers. Regarding the appointment of State Commissioners of Police, it is important to clarify that this process lies within the jurisdiction of the Police Service Commission on recommendations by the Inspector General of Police However, it is vital to clarify that this involves wide stakeholders’ consultations including State Governors, who are the chief security officers of their states, and very senior officers both serving and retired. The IGP has never unilaterally carried out such postings which are always based on capabilities, hardwork, commitment, and loyalty.

Equally, the NPF categorically refutes any insinuation of tribal favouritism in appointments and postings. The Force operates on principles of meritocracy, ensuring that individuals are selected based on their qualifications, competence, dedication to service, and rank. The previous Force Secretary who served under this same administration and whose elevation to the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police led to the appointment of the current officer was DIG Habu Sani from the North West. Similarly, the current Deputy Force Secretary is an officer from the South Eastern part of the country.

Also, it is vital to clarify that contrary to the publication by SaharaReporters, the Commissioner of Police Oyo State hails from North Central, and the Director Peacekeeping Operations hails from Niger State. The Force Insurance Officer, whom the allegation claims to also be Yoruba is actually from the North Central. It is vital to mention that the appointment of the Principal Staff Officer (PSO) is solely the prerogative of the IGP, who serves as a personal aide and must be a competent individual.

Our leadership’s personal background and relationships, particularly the Inspector General of Police, reflect a commitment to inclusivity and diversity. The IGP’s marriage to his wife from Bauchi in the North, and his extensive network and fraternity with friends from across all geopolitical zones affirms his dedication to serving all Nigerians equitably and crowns him a great nationalist.

It is pertinent to note that the IGP holds the contributions of retired IGPs and other senior officers in high esteem and values their expertise, including that of the Chairman of the Police Service Commission which is evidenced by the amazing rapport shared by both institutions in recent times. Any suggestion that the current leadership disregards their counsel is unfounded, misleading, and thus mischievous.

The Nigeria Police Force, as guardians of law and order, maintains an unwavering dedication to professionalism, integrity, and fairness. We emphatically denounce the baseless allegations propagated in the SaharaReporters publication, which are rife with distortions and intended to tarnish the reputation of our esteemed institution, a norm by the news platform. We urge the public to see through these falsehoods and discount the publication which is purely baseless, unfounded, and mischievous to please the selfish interest of the publisher and his cronies for reasons best known to them.


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