By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Sixteen Junior Police Officers killed during the EndSARS riot have been given special posthumous promotion by the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu.
Seventy others, who sustained various degree of injuries during the crisis were also specially promoted.
They were among the 82, 779 Junior Officers whose promotion were approved by the IGP on Monday.
The Force Public Relations Officer DCP Frank Mba who made the disclosure in a release on Monday, stated that the promotion comprises of 56,779 Sergeants promoted to Inspector, 17,569 Corporal to Sergeants and 8,431 Constables to Corporal.
According to the release, the exercise is part of the on-going efforts at boosting the morale of personnel and repositioning the Force for greater efficiency.
” The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni, has today, 23rd November, 2020 approved the promotion of Eighty-Two Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seventy Nine (82,779) Junior Police Officers to their next ranks.
The promotion of the officers comprising 56,779 Sergeants to Inspector, 17,569 Corporal to Sergeants and 8,431 Constables to Corporal is part of the on-going efforts at boosting the morale of personnel and repositioning the Force for greater efficiency. Those promoted also include 86 junior officers negatively impacted by the ENDSARS riots – 16 got special posthumous promotion while 70 others injured during the violence arising from the ENDSARS protests were equally specially promoted”, it reads in part.
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.
Adamu 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.
The IGP 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.