The Commissioner of Police, Legal at Force headquarters, Igbodo David, and his counterpart, CP Works, Olalekan Abdulfatai, have been promoted as substantive Assistant Inspectors-General.
The Police Service Commission also approved the promotion of 3,665 senior police officers.
The promotion was the high point of the Commission’s 28 plenary meeting, which was the last official function of the Mike Okiro-led board whose five-year tenure ended on Monday.
Sixteen Deputy Commissioners of Police were also promoted to Commissioners of Police, a statement on Wednesday by the commission’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, revealed.
The PSC also elevated 13 Assistant Commissioners of Police to Deputy Commissioners, 60 Chief Superintendents of Police to Assistant Commissioners and 631 Superintendents of Police to Chief Superintendents.
Those promoted to ACP include Msheliza Masomene, Samuel Onoja of Police College, Oji River, Enugu State; Lateef Ahmed and Umar Kabir, among others.
Promoted CSPs included Adekunle Ige, Bassey Essang, Liman Sulaiman and Emmanuel Adam.
The police also promoted 820 Deputy Superintendents of Police to substantive Superintendents.
“The promotions have been forwarded to the Inspector-General of Police for implementation in a letter signed by the Permanent Secretary/ Secretary to the Commission, Mr. Musa Isitifanus,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the Accountant-General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris, has said the shortfall being experienced by police personnel is caused by some statutory deductions provided for in the new payment platform.
The AGF said this during a meeting with a delegation from the Nigeria Police Force, led by the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Salami Iyaji.
They had visited the AGF to deliver a letter from the Inspector General of Police and to discuss other matters of public finance.
Personnel of the force had in recent times raised the alarm about the shortfall in their salaries.
But speaking on the issue, Idris noted that the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, the platform now used for the payment of government employees, had provisions for statutory deductions.
He said these statutory deductions are applicable to every employee on the platform.
Some of them are the National Housing Fund, which is 2.5 per cent of basic salary, employees’ pension and Pay-As-You-Earn tax as stipulated by the joint tax board.