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Kidnappings: IGP redeploys 54 ACPs to head intelligence units

From Molly Kilete, Abuja

Following the incessant cases of kidnapping and other violent crimes across the country, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, has ordered posting of 54 Assistant Commissioners of Police, to take over the intelligence departments in all the 36 states of the federation and 18 zonal commands.

This is just as the IGP charged the newly appointed officers to deploy all intelligence-based assets in combating crimes and criminality in their respective areas of responsibility. He equally charged them to entrench professionalism and apply their wealth of experience in the course of discharging their duties towards strengthening the already existing intelligence architecture of the Force.

Egbetokun, in a statement, said the posting was aimed at improving the effectiveness of the intelligence department at every level of the force as a panacea for the crime rate in the country, in line with his vision statement.

The statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumiyiwa Adejobi, reads: ā€œIn furtherance to the upscaling of the intelligence department of the Police Force, the Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, has ordered the posting of Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs) to head the Intelligence Department of the Force at Zonal and State Commands level nationwide.

ā€œThe posting is premised on the zeal of the IGP to improve and enhance the effectiveness of the intelligence department at every level of the force as a panacea for the crime rate in the country, in line with his vision statement.

It will be recalled that the IGP, on assumption of duty, reactivated the Presidential approval to upgrade the Force Intelligence Bureau to the status of a Department with the appointment of DIG Habu Sanni as the DIG in charge of the new Department of Force Intelligence.

The IGP has, however, tasked the newly appointed senior officers to deploy all intelligence-based assets in combating crimes and criminality in their respective areas of responsibility. He has further charged them to entrench professionalism and apply their wealth of experience in the course of discharging their duties towards strengthening the already existing intelligence architecture of the force. The posting is with immediate effect.

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