THE Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has explained that promotion in the force is based on seniority, contrary to insinuations.
He said the police management decided to adopt seniority as criteria for promotion, stressing that it would help people know their projection in service.
He warned officers and men of the Force to avoid lobbying for posting, noting that the Force will only post people based on requirements.
Idris spoke in Abuja yesterday when the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, visited him at the Force Headquarters to unveil the “Change Begins with Me Campaign” to senior officers.
The IGP said: “We don’t look at people; what we consider is pure seniority in promotion. We are all witnesses to so many situations in the past where they use different criteria for promotion. But in this time, like some of you that contacted me, even the names promoted are arranged based on seniority.
“When we entered this job, there was a time we looked at it, we had people of a particular part of the country that were promoted but there was no rancour then and to avoid rancour within the system now, we at the senior level have decided that even the names of those to be promoted should be purely based on seniority.
“We believe that it will help people in the Force to know their projection in the service.”
He urged his men: “Please we should rededicate ourselves to the service of this country and try to avoid tribalism or reading meanings to postings. Posting in the police is based on experiences in the service and we have the management that assesses people because we don’t want people to start lobbying for postings.
“I want our colleagues to observe some of these issues and know that postings are based on requirement of the moment and everybody should be loyal to service”, Idris said.
The police boss also hinted that violent crime have reduced to the barest minimum despite believe that crimes were more prevalent at the end of every year.
He said: “We are in ember months and crime rates have reduced to the barest minimum in virtually all the states.
He urged officers and men of the Force to ensure adequate security throughout the country.
“I implore you to provide the best service to the people of this country. I also want us to be very decisive on the issue of discipline. Police service is to the Nigerian people and nobody should be under any illusion. Irrespective of your location, as far as you are a policeman, you should be ready to provide the security in whatever capacity.
“I am saying this because of some of the reports that some people are trying to instigate their colleagues on some unwholesome attitudes. I want to indicate that our uniform is for the service of Nigerians and every police officer, in whatever capacity you find yourself, you should offer that service.”
On kidnapping, the police boss said the Force has made significant breakthrough.
“We have made a lot of breakthrough in the area of kidnapping, but we are trying to enhance and improve on our performance. Kidnapping is not limited to a particular geographical location and we have to approach these issues using multidimensional approach.”
Mohammed said “Change begins with me campaign” was designed to start from President Muhammadu Buhari.
He told the police hierarchy that the re-orientation programme was meant to change the way things were being done.
He stressed that “it is a campaign for all Nigerians, irrespective of coloration, religion and what have you”.
“Contrary to the misconception in certain quarters, this campaign was designed to start from the very top, right from the President, the Vice President, Ministers and other top government officials, and then cascade down to all Nigerians.
“Therefore, those who have said the campaign is aimed at saddling only the ordinary citizens with any burden have been unduly hasty. They should have at least waited for us to roll out the campaign before commenting on it.”
“ As you are all aware, President Buhari launched this campaign on September 8.
“’Change begins with me campaign’ is a pan-Nigerian campaign that has no coloration whatsoever – whether it is political, religious or ethnic. It is a campaign for all Nigerians, with the sole objective of achieving a paradigm shift in the way we do things. The campaign is based on one principle: Each one of us must be the change we want to see in our society!” he explained.