No fewer than seven Deputy Inspector General of Police who could not make it to the Inspector General level are automatically to be retired to make room for the new police boss, Suleiman Abba, who hitherto was their junior, to set up his management team.
Their automatic retirement is in line with the tradition in the Forces that senior officer cannot take orders from the junior officer who is elevated above them.
A source at Edet House confirmed that “all the officers that were ahead of the new IGP has been forcefully retired.”
With the retirement of the DIGs, the Police Service Commission (PSC), chaired by Mike Okiro, is said to have concluded plans to promote six Assistant-Inspectors-General (AIG) in to replace them.
The AIGs that are likely to be promoted include Danazumi Doma from Nasarawa State currently the Force Secretary, Solomon Arase, who is in charge of Force Intelligence, Bala Hassan who is in charge of zone 10, Christopher Dega zone 8 Lokoja, Salihu Argungu zone 5 Benin and Tsafe Mamman zone 2 Lagos.
The officers when promoted will take over from Suleiman Fakai who was in charge of administration, Michael Zuokomor, Emmanuel Udoji, Atiku Kafur, Peter Gana and Jonathan Johnson.
The promotion is expected to be announced very soon. [myad]