The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has approved the promotion of 86 junior officers negatively impacted by the #EndSARS protests that took place across the country in October.
They are part of the 82,779 junior police officers promoted to the next ranks by the IGP.
This was contained in a statement issued on Monday by the Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mbah, titled ‘IGP promotes 82,779 junior officers.’
The Force said the promotion of the officers comprising 56,779 Sergeants to Inspector; 17,569 Corporal to Sergeants and 8,431 Constables to Corporal was part of the efforts at boosting the morale of personnel and repositioning the police for greater efficiency.
Out of the 86 junior officers negatively impacted by the #EndSARS protests- 16 got special posthumous promotion.
“The IGP while congratulating the officers, charged them to see their promotion as a mark of additional responsibility and a call to rededicate themselves to their professional calling.
“He enjoined them to continue to carry out their duties diligently and in conformity with best practices and respect for the rights of the citizen. He noted that the promotion albeit, posthumously, of the officers who were killed by some #ENDSARS protesters is a symbolic gesture in recognition of the ultimate price they paid in the service of the nation,” Mbah said.
The statement further said the IGP also promised to work with all relevant agencies, organs of government and other stakeholders in driving a successful reform of the police for improved welfare and conditions of service towards better service delivery to the people.
About 38 policemen were reportedly killed while many others were injured during the violence that trailed the #EndSARS protests that rocked the country.