IG denies claims of tribalism, nepotism in officers transfer

The Police IG, Ibrahim Idris has denied allegations of tribalism and nepotism in the recent transfer of senior officers.

Nigeria Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

In recent statement by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Don Awunah, Ibrahim noted that he will not be distracted or deterred from carrying out his statutory responsibilities despite the rumours.

Awunah noted that transfers and postings in the Force were administrative routines aimed at enhancing utmost efficiency of the officers.

In his words: “It is imperative to enlighten the public that Police officers are subject to movements, transfers and postings within the Force and other assignments in the course of their career. Protest in this regard amount to serious misconduct and could attract commensurate sanctions."

Continuing, Awunah, a Deputy Commissioner of Police said: “The IGP Ibrahim Idris will not be distracted or deterred from carrying out his statutory responsibilities for the benefit of all Police personnel and the public that we serve.

“It is utterly misleading to assert that the recent transfers and postings in the Force across the Country were based on witch-hunting, tribalism and favouritism.

“That the IGP has flooded strategic command units with his kinsmen from Niger State and vendetta against officers hoping to ascend to higher positions in the Force in future.

“It may interest the writer and the public to know that the officer alluded to in the report transferred to the Force Headquarters hails from Niger State, while the officer posted to Lagos hails from Osun State.

“How does transferring a man from the same State with the IGP and replacing him with someone from a different state constitute nepotism? The IGP’s primary interest is Nigeria,” the statement concluded.

The statement was in reaction to an allegation that some senior officers described their recent redeployment as unfair and biased.

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