IGP decorates 27 senior officers, warns against lobby for special promotions

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Olukayode Egbetokun, Friday, decorated 27 senior police officers, who were recently promoted from their initial ranks to a new rank.

Those newly decorated include one Deputy Inspector-General of Police; 11 Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and 15 Commissioners of Police.

In his address during the exercise, Egbetokun, warned those lobbying for promotions, saying  “severe disciplinary action will be taken against any officer found guilty of soliciting underserved promotions.”

“At the outset of this administration, we announced the suspension of Special Promotions to ensure a fair, equitable and transparent Promotion process. While we acknowledge that exceptional circumstances may warrant special promotions, we will take appropriate and expedient action when necessary.

“We will revisit this decision at the right time and make exceptions where deserved, balancing individual merit with the need for a fair and equitable process. I will like to take this opportunity, to issue a stern warning to unscrupulous officers who are attempting to undermine our merit-based promotion system, for personal gain. I urge them to cease lobbying for special promotions through influential persons and external forces.

“From now on, severe disciplinary action will be taken against any officer found guilty of soliciting underserved promotions through illicit means, masquerading as special promotions. This also applies to officers soliciting preferential posting.”

The police chief said the promotions were based on merit and seniority.

“Since the inception of the current Police administration under my leadership, we have been committed to the standardization of the promotion process within the Force. Consequently, the current promotion exercise, like those preceding it under this administration, adheres strictly to new fundamental principles of seniority and merit.

“I wish to reaffirm unequivocally that our promotion process will continue to be transparent and fair to all our officers. No officer eligible for promotion will be denied their rightful advancement,” he said.

Egbetokun while congratulating the newly promoted officers, charged them to strive daily to meet the high standards expected of them.

“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the newly promoted Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, and Commissioners of Police. This marks the Commencement of an exciting chapter in your professional journeys.

“I remind you that promotions are earned by those who maintain unwavering focus on their objectives. Wear your new ranks with pride, and let them serve as constant reminders of the trust and confidence reposed in you. Strive daily to meet the high standards expected of you. Lead with courage, act with integrity, and serve with dedication. Remember, Promotions may come and go, but your hard work will leave a lasting legacy.

“Also, recognize that you are supervisors and trainers of men; all subordinate officers look to you for guidance and mentorship. The quality of your decisions, actions, and inactions will determine the quality of the training you impart to them,” he said.