About 58 newly promoted Senior Police Officers were on Thursday decorated with their new ranks, amidst cheers from families, friends, and professional colleagues.
The decoration ceremony held at the Goodluck Jonathan Peacekeeping Hall, Force Headquarters, Abuja, followed the recent promotion approved by the Police Service Commission, PSC, to deserving officers, who have the requisite experience, years of dedicated service and academic records.
Those, who were decorated include; Deputy Inspector-General of Police, DIG, Adeolu Olukayode Egbetokun, who was until his promotion the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in-charge of Zone 7, Abuja; 24 Assistant Inspectors-General of Police including AIGs Frank Mba, Matthew Akinyosola, Jonathan Towuru, Abiodun Alabi, Akande Sikiru, Abimbola Shokoya, Yekini Ayoku, Olofu Adejoh, Aliyu Garba, Idrisu Dabban, Yusuf Usman, Haladu Ros-Amson, Babaita Ishola, Alexander Wannang, Ari Muhammed, Mamman Sanda, Sadiq Abubakar, Benjamin Okolo, Oyediran Oyeyemi, Babaji Sunday, Arungwa Udo, Yusuf Chiromawa, and 33 Commissioners of Police.
In attendance were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Haliru Jika; Chairman, House Committee on Police Affairs, Hon. Bello Kumo; Former Governor of Zamfara State, Ahmad Sani Yerima; the POWA President, Hajia Hajara Usman Alkali Baba, and other well-wishers from across the society.
Also in attendance was the paramount ruler of Yewa in Ogun State, HRM Oba Dr. Kehinde Olugbenle.
Addressing the newly promoted officers, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, challenged the senior officers to internalize and uphold the tenets of the Presidential Police Reform Agenda, noting respect for fundamental human rights and rule of law as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as key.
Congratulating the officers, he tasked them to bring their wealth of experience to bear in their new postings, which will be in tandem with their new ranks.