Buhari Restructures Nigeria Police Force - Focus News


Thursday, 28 May 2020

Buhari Restructures Nigeria Police Force

Federal Government of Nigeria has approved  detachment of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) from the Nigeria Police asset, Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) with immediate effect. 

President Muhammadu Buhari exercised his constitutional power approval of this policy as the Chairman of the Nigeria Police Council when he approved the treatise as contained in a memo signed by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.  The memo revealed that the FIB will now  become a department on its own. 

In his words,  Adamu said that Buhari ordered an immediate restructure of the Nigeria Police. He said that now that the FIB is detached from FCID, a Deputy Inspector of Police will be appointed as its head. 

The development is expected to inject intelligence “to the community policing initiative in addressing the threats that the dynamics of crime poses to the country,” The IGP added. 

Adamu further explained that with the president's authorization, the NPF would now comprise of eight departments as it's contained in the memo titled,  "Force Reorganization."

Sequel to this, Buhari also approved the creation of additional five Zonal Commands in a bid to bring police service closer to citizens in all parts of Nigeria as part of commitment to enforce community policing. 

They are Ondo/Ekiti Commands with the Headquarters in Akure; 

Enugu/Anambra/Ebonyi Commands with the Headquarters in Awka.

Others are Bayelsa/Rivers Commands with the Headquarters in Yenagoa; Yobe/Borno Commands with the Headquarters in Maiduguri; and Katsina/Kaduna Commands in Katsina.

In a Daily Post report, Adamu said: “In order to enhance the capacity of the four premiere Police Colleges in Kaduna, Ikeja, Maiduguri and Rivers towards meeting the training and capacity development projection of the Force in relation to junior cadre officers, Mr. President approved that the status of the Commandants of the Colleges be upgraded to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG)”.

He expressed confidence that the development will strengthen administration, enhance the commitment of staff, and engender a higher level of discipline and the quality of training at the Colleges.

He added that “these approvals were granted by the President in furtherance to the need to expand and strengthen the Intelligence Department towards driving the intelligence-led policing strategy of the Force leadership and to aid in the entrenchment of the community policing practice as approved by the Federal Government."

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