In a dramatic turn of events in Benue State, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, has transferred 129 officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force from the state to other parts of the country.
The police in a statement made available to Nigerian Pilot, yesterday, dated April 12 with reference no. CB: 4770/FS/FHQ/ABJ/Vol.10/281 and addressed to all commissioners of police across the country also transferred all aides attached to Governor Samuel Ortom who is currently on an official trip to China.
The affected aides include the governor’s Chief Security Officer, CSO, CSP Dominic Iormimbe, who was transferred to Abia State, his ADC, ASP Julius Nyipilla, who was transferred to Imo state, Government House Camp Commandant, ASP Timothy Ayakpam, who was transferred to Ebonyi State and one police orderly whose name was not immediately obtained.
In a 10-page circular signed by Abdul Bube, an Assistant Inspector-General, AIG, and Force Secretary on behalf of the IGP, police commissioners in their respective states were asked to warn and release the officers to proceed to their new commands on or before April 19.
A breakdown of the transfer shows that 10 officers were transferred from Benue to Abia State, four to Adamawa, seven to Akwa Ibom, 10 to Anambra, 10 to Bayelsa, 10 to Delta, while four were transferred to Ebonyi State.
Others are six from Benue to Edo State, 10 to Imo, 10 to Katsina, nine to Ondo, 10 to Osun, nine to Oyo, while 10 others were transferred to Rivers.
“The inspector-general of police has ordered the transfer of the following officers in/out of Benue State Command as indicated against their names”, the statement added.
All efforts to reach the Public Relations Officers, PRO, Force Headquarters, Abuja, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, proved abortive as his phone was switched off as at the time of going to press.