Force HQ appoints new Zonal AIGs for Lagos, Benin, Port Harcourt.
**Inaugurates re-branded Complaints Response Unit.
New Assistant Inspectors General of Police have been appointed for Lagos, Benin and Port Harcourt.
They are AIG Kayode Aderanti who will assume office on Tuesday at Onikan as AIG Zone 2..
AIG Aderanti who has just finished his Masters Course at the Nigerian Institute for Policy and Strategic studies, Kuru, Jos, is taking over from AIG Abdulmajid Ali, who has been redeployed to Force headquarters, Abuja to take charge of the Special Protection Force (SPU).
Before his appointment as AIG Zone 2, comprising Lagos and Ogun states, Aderanti had served as Commissioner of Police in charge Lagos state, Commissioner of Police, Federal Operations, and Commissioner of Police, Peace-keeping both at Force headquarters.
Also, the new AIG in charge of Zone 5, Benin, AIG Mohammed Adamu Lafia will resume in in the Edo State Capital today (Tuesday).
AIG Adamu who is the Vice President of INTERPOL, the International Police Organization, was at one time, Commissioner of Police, Enugu state.
Zone 5 Command consists of Edo, delta and Bayelsa states.
AIG Marafa is the new AIG in charge Zone 6, calabar. Zone 6 consist Rivers, Cross Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.
AIG Kola Shodipo, formerly AIG Training at Force headquarters has been moved to Apapa as AIG in charge of Maritime.
He was one time Commissioner of Police in charge of Special Fraud Unit (SFU).
Meanwhile, a new Commissioner of Police has been appointed for Ekiti state.
He is CP Wilson Inalegwu. Until his appointment, he was CP in charge Counter Terrorism unit at Force headquarters.
Meanwhile, in line with the anti-corruption stance of the Federal Government, the Police X-Squad will henceforth carry out investigation of corruption cases in government agencies and Parastatals at federal, state and local government levels in the country.
Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, who made this known at the inauguration of the re-branded Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) in Abuja, noted that the X-Squad of the force is an established unit primarily responsible for arresting, investigating, discipline and prosecution of erring officers and men of the police force.
“These officers and men are those accused of corruption, corrupt tendencies and those who compromised their official positions for pecuniary gains and interest” he said.
Emphasizing that “The X-Squad is empowered, have been reinvigorated and properly equipped to carry out their duties and other responsibilities effectively in accordance with the law”, the IGP said, “The X-Squad will not limit itself to corruption cases within the force alone but to other agencies of government in the federal, state and local government levels”.
Throwing more light on the Re-branded Complaints Response Unit and new flyers printed in Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba to be distributed nationwide, Idris said, “The unit is a department of the force saddled with responsibility of receiving and resolving all complaints of police professional misconduct emanating from policing activities and operations nationwide.
“The unit is available 24 hours a day to listen to members of the public from across Nigeria. In line with the change agenda of the federal government of Nigeria and the ‘Change Begins With Me Campaign’, the Nigeria Police force under my leadership is ensuring accountability by ensuring that citizens and residents of the country have a unit through which all grievances against police actions and in-actions are taken and redressed.
Continuing the IGP said, “The PCRRU has provided seven different platforms which are inscribed on the flyers through which members of the public can reach the unit vis a vis phone call, SMS, WhatsApp, Blackberry messenger (BBM), Twitter, Facebook and email.
He added that the PCRRU will work closely and in synergy with X-Squad unit by passing promptly, complaints against police officers and men across the country emanating from members of the public to the X-Squad for immediate action.