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Exclusive: Buhari Approves Immediate restructuring of Police Force

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•Intelligence, Community Policing top on the agenda

Godsgift Onyedinefu

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate reorganization of the Nigeria Police Force.

This was disclosed in a letter dated 27th May 2020, signed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, and addressed to Deputy Inspector Generals (DIGs), Assistant Inspector Generals (AIGs), Commissioners of Police and the Commandant, Police College Ikeja, Kaduna, Oji-River and Maiduguri

According to the letter which was sighted by Global Sentinel, the reorganization is aimed at expanding and strengthening the Intelligence Department of the Nigeria Police Force towards driving the intelligence-led policing strategy of the Force leadership.

It also aims to enrich community Policing practices as approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The approvals granted by the President includes the reorganization of the Intelligence Arm of the Force. According to the letter, Buhari approved the formal excision of the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) from the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) to become a fully-fledged Department to be headed by a DIG. With this, the Nigerian  Police Force now has eight Departments.

Buhari also approved further decentralisation of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) in line with the principle of Community Policing.

“In view of this, two new Annex Offices of the Department in addition to those in Lagos and Kaduna will be established. One in Enugu, to take care of criminal investigations from the South East and South-South; and another in Gombe to take of criminal investigation from the North East Geopolitical zone.

“All the Annex Offices will be headed by AIGs who will then report to the DIG,” the letter read.

President Buhari also approved the creation of Zonal Commands in Akure (composed of Ondo and Ekiti Commands), Ukpo-Dunukofia (composed of Enugu, Anambra and Ebonyi Commands), Yenogoa (composed of Bayelsa and Rivers Command), Maiduguri (composed of Yobe and Borno Commands) and Katsina (composed of Katsina and Kaduna Commands).

The president further approved a new structure for the Premiere Nigeria Police College aimed at enhancing the capacity of the four Premiere Police Colleges in Kaduna, Ikeja, Maiduguri and Oji-River in order to meet the training and capacity development of the Force, in relation to Junior Cadre Officers.

Buhari also directed that Commandants of the Colleges be upgraded to AIG, in order to strengthen administration, staff commitment, promote discipline and improve quality of training of the colleges.

The IGP therefore directed that the reorganization be made a subject of lecture for the information of all Officers of the Nigeria Police Force.

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