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IG deploys DIG, ACPs to new depts, formations

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The acting Inspector-General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, on Thursday, approved the upscaling of the Force Intelligence Bureau, which has now become the Force Intelligence Department, within the Nigeria Police Force.

The police high command announced that this development would solidify ongoing efforts to bolster and upgrade the intelligence capabilities of the NPF, aiming to enhance internal security measures to better address contemporary challenges.

The IG also approved the appointment of Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Habu Sani, as the new Head of the Force Intelligence Department.

Egbetokun, in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said, “DIG Habu Sani, a Geography graduate from Usman Danfodiyo University, was appointed as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1992. He has attended various specialized and strategic courses, including Intermediate Command, Advance Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Advance Intelligence Processing, Technical Intelligence Management Methodology, and False Document and Border Police Technique Courses.

“DIG Habu Sani has served in various operational, investigative, and administrative capacities within the Nigeria Police Force, including ACP Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the Technical Intelligence Unit and AIG in charge of Force Intelligence Bureau. He was the Assistant Inspector-General of Police Force Secretary until his recent promotion.”

Simultaneously, the IG also approved the appointment of Assistant Commissioners of Police to head Zonal Intelligence Departments, and State Intelligence Departments, nationwide.

He noted that by entrusting ACPs with the responsibility of heading SIDs, his administration aims to infuse the units with leadership that possesses a blend of operational experience, strategic thinking, and a deep commitment to maintaining law and order.

He noted that the step is expected to result in sharper intelligence operations, more effective crime prevention, and an overall elevation of law enforcement standards.

In the same vein, a delegation of scholars from the Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, comprising the founder, Abdulraheem Oladimeji, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Noah Yusuf, and other officials, recently paid a courtesy visit to the IG at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

Adejobi added, “They expressed the intention to partner with the Nigeria Police College of Intelligence in Kwara State, which is a hub for training and research in intelligence-related disciplines. They also offered to provide special degree-awarding courses for participants of Senior Command Courses at the Police Staff College, Jos.

“The IGP, while directing the DIG in charge of Training and Development to interface with them towards developing a memorandum of understanding, expressed his determination for the college to immediately commence activities, with the goal of boosting the NPF’s intelligence capacity and nurturing a new generation of intelligence professionals.”