54 Assistant Commissioners of Police have been assigned to lead the Force Intelligence Departments at the zonal and state command levels across the country by Inspector-General of Police Olukayode Egbetokun’s order.
This development follows a recent spike in banditry and kidnapping nationwide, particularly in Abuja and Kaduna State.
According to data gathered from media reports and a reputable indigenous intelligence organization, Beacon Consulting, over 69 people were killed and 152 kidnapped during 194 attacks carried out by bandits and other criminals in the Federal Capital Territory in 2022.
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In a statement on Tuesday, the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, stated that this was a step toward the Nigeria Police Force’s intelligence department being expanded.
Adejobi stated, “It will be recalled that the IGP on assumption of duty reactivated the presidential approval to upgrade the Force Intelligence Bureau to the status of a department with the appointment of DIG Habu Sanni, as the DIG in charge of the new Department of Force Intelligence. The IG has, however, tasked the newly appointed senior officers to deploy all intelligence-based assets in combating crimes and criminality in their respective areas of responsibility.” He further charged them with carrying out the posting’s premise.