Nigeria Police has announced readiness to promote 36,599 personnel to their next ranks.
This was even as the force said it will embark on a comprehensive audit of its armoury nationwide after the May 29 inauguration of the incoming administration.
These were disclosed yesterday at an interactive meeting the Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, held at Force Headquarters with select officers drawn from the rank and file of the 12 Zonal Commands of the police.
He said the planned audit of the armouries would enable the police have an update on its equipment and weapons with a view to applying necessary sanctions in the event that any armourer or personnel may have acted contrary to its rules.
Arase said: “Henceforth, only government officials will enjoy police protection,” warning that “any police personnel seen carrying handbags or dragging boxes of private individuals around will be arrested.”
Arase further told the officers and men, “Henceforth, your welfare will be tied to your good conduct,” assuring that “officers, who are due (for promotion), will proceed to various training colleges.”
On the promotion of officers and men, DIG, Finance and Administration, Hilary Opara, declared that 36,599 police personnel will soon be promoted to their next ranks.
A breakdown of the number showed that 6,483 Sergeants will be promoted to the rank of Inspector; 29,937 Corporals to Sergeant, while 179 other personnel will be elevated to rank of Corporal.
Meanwhile, the IGP has ordered zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police, AIGs, and Command police commissioners, to scale up security around vulnerable points as well as “critical infrastructure” ahead of the May 29 handover date.
Force Public Relations Officer, FPRO, Emmanuel Ojukwu, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday.
The statement said the IGP has ordered Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Command Commissioners of Police to beef up security around all key and vulnerable points, as well as critical infrastructures like mega filling stations, major hotels, national/ State Houses of Assembly, Eagle Square among others.
“This becomes imperative in a bid to ward off possible plans by insurgents to carry out widespread violence and coordinated attacks on these installations and public places ahead of May 29, 2015 with a view to undermining presidential/ Governorship inauguration/ swearing- in ceremonies in the country.
“The Police High Command enjoins members of the public to remain steadfast in collaborating with officers and men of the Nigeria Police and other security agencies to stamp out crimes, including war against terror, as the police have perfected strategies to prepare a safe and secured ground to ensure hitch-free inauguration/swearing-in nationwide,” the statement added.