The Police Service Commission has approved new policy guidelines for the deployment of management and tactical commanders in the Nigeria Police Force.
The new policy guidelines made a strong case for the deployment of more Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police to the South-East and the North-East geopolitical zones, which, the commission said, had been short-changed.
It also “approved that at least three state commands out of the 37 commands must have female police officers as their Commissioners of Police and out of the 17 zonal headquarters, at least one zone must have a female AIG to head the zone.”
The PSC considered and approved the policy guidelines at its 21st plenary held at its Corporate Headquarters in Jabi, Abuja, according to a statement on Sunday by the commission’s spokesperson, Ikechukwu Ani.
According to the statement, the plenary held last Thursday was presided over by PSC Chairman, Dr Solomon Arase.
The statement read in part, “It (the PSC) observed that the current deployment of CPs to state commands leaves much to be desired in reflecting the principle of equity and fairness to all geo-political zones of the country, stressing that the current statistics of such deployments was against the North-East and South-East geopolitical zones.
“The commission observed the disproportionate distribution and lopsided deployment of command commissioners and noted that it has become extremely important that a fair representation of all geo-political zones is always reflected in these deployments to eschew and address the feeling and sense of marginalisation and injustice by certain zones of the country in the Nigeria Police Force.”
The PSC, therefore, declared that “deployment of Commissioners of Police to state commands must ensure that the disadvantaged zones are considered first in the proposals to the commission in order to redress the present imbalance and lopsided deployments skewed against the North-East and South-East regions of the country.”
“All geo-political zones of the country must now have at least 15 per cent representation in the deployment of Assistant Inspectors-General of Police to zones, Commissioners of Police to state commands and posting of commanding officers of Police Mobile Force, counter-terrorism unit and Special Protection Unit.
“All police deployments to zones and commands at both management (Deputy Commissioners of Police and Assistant Commissioners of Police and tactical levels commanding officers of PMF/SPU/CTU), must recognise our heterogeneity and reflect fairness and equity in terms of ethnicity and religion,” the PSC said.
The commission advised the Inspector General of Police to be guided appropriately by the policy guidelines, which, it said, was founded on the principles of fairness and justice to all members of the NPF.
Meanwhile, at the plenary, the PSC also approved the appointment of two Deputy Inspectors General of Police, the promotion of 14 CPs to the rank of AIG, while 22 Deputy Commissioners of Police were promoted to the rank of CP.