By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
No fewer than 4,542 senior police officers have been promoted to their next ranks by the Police Service Commission between May and June.
A statement issued in Abuja on Monday by the Head, Press and Public Relations of the commission, Mr Ikechukwu Ani gave a breakdown of the figure, saying seven commissioners of police were elevated to the rank of AIG and six deputy commissioners of police to commissioners of police.
Ani also stated that 20 assistant commissioners of police became deputy commissioners of police while eight SPs moved to ACs, 107 SPs to CSPs, 1,431 DSPs to SPs, 1,252 ASPs to DSPs and 1,711 to Inspectors of Police.
The statement said that three DCPs, five ACPs, four CSPs, three SPs, five DSPs and 127 ASPs were promoted on acting appointments.
It said the commission approved special promotion for 16 officers based on exceptional performance and dedication to duty on the recommendation of the Inspector-General of Police.
The statement said two officers were promoted on account of gallantry while 188 others were placed on acting appointments of their next rank.
The statement said the chairman of the commission, Mr Mike Okiro, urged the officers to reciprocate government gesture by rededicating themselves to the service of the nation.
He promised that the commission would continue to ensure that deserving policemen were promoted as at when due to serve as motivation for effective and efficient service.
Okiro enjoined them to ensure that they were guided by the approved rules and regulations of the Force and that they operated with the fear of God.