The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, has approved the posthumous promotion of 16 police operatives killed by hoodlums during the #EndSARS peaceful protest.
Spokesman of the police, Mr Frank Mba who disclosed this in a statement on Monday, said 82,779 Junior Police Officers were also promoted to their next ranks.
Mba explained that the promotion of the officers comprised 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.
He said, “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.
“He 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, 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.