President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed that five additional zonal command headquarters will be created and the force and criminal intelligence and investigations departments will be separated from the central.
Also approved by the President is a new structure for the four police colleges in the country located in Kaduna, Ikeja, Maiduguri and Orji-rivers, to increase training and capacity development of the junior cadre of the force.
Mohammad Adamu, the Inspector-General of police said the new formation is to fully combine intelligence-led policy strategy and community policing and the acceptance of the FCID in line with the principle of community policing.
The five commands are Ondo/Ekiti command with the headquarters at Akure, Ondo state and Enugu, Anambra, Ebonyi command with headquarters in Ukpo-dunukofia in Anambra state. Bayelsa/Rivers command with headquarters in Yenaguoa, Bayelsa state, Kastina/Kaduna command with headquarters in Kastina, Yobe/Borno command with headquarters in Maiduguri Borno state.
Also in Enugu where additional annex offices of the department will be established is to attend to investigations of major crimes that emerge from the south-east and South-South geo-political zones while the second in Gombe state will oversee the investigations from North-East geo-political zone.
The newly created annex offices in addition to the existing ones in Lagos and Kaduna would be headed by the assistant inspector general of police (AIGs). They’ll all report to the DIGs in charge of the FCID at the force headquarters Abuja.
The ranking of the commandants of the colleges will be upgraded to the position of the assistant inspector general of police and this will build up the administration and encourage the dedication of the staff, also give rise to a high level of discipline and quality of training at the colleges.
However, in order to enlarge and build up the intelligence department, approvals were granted regarding driving the intelligence-led policing strategy of the force leadership and also to support the seaway of the community policing practice as approved by the Federal Government.