…as PSC promotes 14 CPS as AIG, 22 DCPs as CPs
By Odey Lukpata.
The Police Service Commission has approved the appointment of AIG Frank Emeka Mba, mni, and AIG Bala Ciroma as Deputy-Inspectors General of Police at the Commission’s 21st plenary session, chaired by Dr. Solomon Arase, IGP (rtd). The elevated senior officers will replace the recently retired Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, DIG John Ogbonnaya Amadi, mni, who represented the south-east geological zone, and DIG Aji Ali Janga, mni, who represented the north-east geopolitical zone at the Force management level.
AIG Bala Ciroma before his elevation to the prestigious rank of DIG was the AIG in charge of Federal Operations. He has served in various capacities in the Force including, AIG Zone 7, CP FCT, CP Plateau, DCP operations at the FCT Command, as well as Head of Operations at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), among others.
While, the former NPF spokesperson and Image-maker, AIG Frank Emeka Mba before his recent appointment as DIG was the AIG in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department Annex, Alagbon, Lagos. He studied law at the University of Lagos and the Nigerian Law School, Abuja, and was eventually called to the Nigerian Bar as a full-fledged Attorney. He is also an alumnus of the University of Dundee, Scotland - United Kingdom, where he earned a Masters Degree in Law. He is equally a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy, Quantico- USA. In addition, he holds a Certificate in National and International Security from Harvard University, USA. He is a passionate and versatile Police officer who has worked in very challenging Police Units and Departments across the country, cutting across Investigations, Operations, and Public Relations. He has attended some of the finest Law Enforcement training, both within and outside Nigeria. These include: Countering Violent Extremism and Police Leadership Course at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), Roswell, New Mexico, USA (2018); Strategic Leadership and Command Course, Police Staff College, Jos (2017); Crisis and Disaster Management Course, Israel (2013); Managing the Media in Crisis Situations, School of Media and Communications, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos (2013); US-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program, with special focus on International Crime Issues, Washington DC (2010); General Criminal Investigation Course at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), Botswana (2009); Middle Management Course on Global Peace Operations in Vicenza, Italy (2008); amongst others. Mba was a member of the Nigeria Police Contingent to the United Nations Peace-Keeping Mission in Liberia between 2006 and 2007, where he distinguished himself through a combination of hard work, professionalism, and discipline, thereby earning himself the prestigious UN Medal.
According to the Commission’s Head, Press, and Public Relations Ikechukwu Ani, the Commission also approved the promotion of 14 Commissioners of Police to the next rank of Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and 22 Deputy Commissioners of Police to the substantive rank of Commissioners. The new AIGs are CP Abubakar Lawal; CP Alhassan Aminu; CP Abdul Umar; CP Shettima Zannah; CP Ebong Eyibio Ebong; CP Adepoju Ayiinde Ilori and CP Okon Okon Effiong. Others are; CP Echeng Eworo Echeng; CP Susan Ukpanukiema Horsfall; CP Bankole Lanre Sikiru; CP Oladimeji Yomi Olarewaju; CP Sani Gwarzo and CP Odama Paul Ojeka.
The 22 Deputy Commissioners of Police promoted to the rank of Commissioners are; DCP Abibo Deinma Reuben; DCP Thomas Abraham Nabhoni; DCP Wakil Abdul Salamai; DCP Enyinnaya Inonachi; DCP Ronke Nurat Okunade; DCP Adekunle Ismail Olusokan; DCP Hassan Abdu Yabnet; DCP Festus Chinedu Oko; DCP Aminu Baba Raji; DCP Omolara Ibidun Oluntola; DCP Akoh Benedict Gabriel; DCP Alamutu Abiodun Mustapha; DCP Bafda Magaji Jahun, DCP Ahmadu Tijani Abdullahi; and DCP Mohamned Mu'azu; Others are, DCP Bretet Emmanuel Simon; DCP Ihebom M Chukuma; DCP Shettima Mohamned Qurtu; DCP Olatokunbo Maxwell Olabisi; DCP Yusuf Mohammed Lawal; DCP Monica Leo and DCP Abaniwonda Surajudeen Olufemi.
The Commission also approved the promotion of twenty-four Assistant Commissioners of Police to the next rank of Deputy Commissioners. They include: ACP Ezekiel Ibrahim, Project Monitoring Unit, Force Headquarters, Abuja; Mohammed Shamsudeen, Assistant Director, OPS, Kaduna (NCCSALW); ACP Khan Salihu Usman, Networking Admin ICT FHQ, Abuja; ACP Wan Mantu Chongs, Commander PMF 19 Portharcourt; Baba Lawan Audu, Area Commander, Exeter Akwa-Ibom State Command; Okon Etim Asuquo, Department of Operations, Benue State Command; Louis Chike Nwabuwa, Department of Operations, Plateau State Command; ACP Samuel Osman Onoja, Police College Oji River; ACP Sa'ad Yahaya and ACP Ibrahim Jibrin, Commanders 76 PMF, Nsukka and 56 PMF Ogoni amongst others.
The Commission further approved the promotion of 39 Chief Superintendents of Police to Assistant Commissioners of Police. They include: CSPs Joseph Udoh; Nze Helen Omeba; Uduaku Isaac Udom; Anthony Francis Etim; Benjamin Kelembus Bello; Abdullahi Idris Abubakar; Ogbonnaya Nwota and Daiyabu Mohammed Ahmed among others. It also approved the acting appointment of CSP Akande Bamidele to acting Assistant Commissioner of Police.
Mr. Ani also stated that the Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Solomon Arase congratulated the newly promoted Officers and charged them to reciprocate the Commission's Good gesture by rededicating themselves to the service of their fatherland. He promised to ensure that Police Promotions will be regular so that Officers are not allowed to stagnate in any rank. Dr. Arase as well commended other Members of the Commission for their dedication and sacrifice stressing that a new and brighter future "is here for the Nigeria Police Force".