By Miracle Enuji
Delta State Police Commissioner, Zanna Ibrahim has charged Police Officers in the state to change their attitude to the members of the public, urging them to imbibe the etiquette of an officer in the discharge of their obligations and service to Nigerians.
Ibrahim re-echoed the imperative to uphold the professional ethics of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) during the decoration ceremony of 235 newly promoted officers in the Delta State Command on Friday, September 8, 2017, imploring them to add value to their new ranks.
In his remarks, the CP said, “Today, in Delta State Police Command, we have new Two Hundred and Twenty-Two Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASP), Nine Superintendents of Police (SP) and Chief Superintendents of Police (CSP). It is overwhelming and we must thank God and appreciate Him for this marvelous gesture not forgetting the fact that this elevation has come from the office of the Inspector of General of Police, Ibrahim K. Idris MNI who has found you people worthy to be elevated. I can not remember any time while in service that such a number has been elevated to the next rank. So I think it is something that we must be thankful to God and the Police management team for this wonderful gesture.”
While admonishing the promotees, CP Ibrahim said that promotion is a wake up call for more, that they should do more urging them to have it at the back of their mind that it is not just going to be business as usual, “it means additional responsibility because if you do otherwise then you are not worthy of this promotion”.
In his words; “Promotion is normally a response to hard work, loyalty and dedication to duty and I am sure that is what the Police management must have utilized to elevate this number of Officers because I believe that any officer who is not hardworking would fall by the way side and any officer who is not also loyal would also fall by the way side. Similarly, if you are not dedicated to your duty, you will not be promoted because promotion is based on your upper grading.
“I think you must have these three things in place before you qualify for promotion apart from the number of years you must have stayed for that particular rank. But it is important for you to realize that it is not just for promotion sake that you could say now that I have been promoted to the next rank, it is business as usual, it should not be so because in English parlance they say one good turn deserves another. So we should be able to reciprocate the kind gesture of God Almighty and the kind gesture of the Police management under the present Inspector General of Police IGP Ibrahim K. Idris MNI. If you do not do that, God will not forgive you because you have not reciprocated the kind gesture that has been showed to you today”.
“So your promotion is a kind of tonic to spur you into doing more. A lot of expectations are going to come from members of the public and even your subordinates. If you were a drunkard, you must change your attitude, if you were dressing haggardly, you must change your attitude. You must add value to your new rank, your new office and to whatever you are doing,” CP Ibrahim submitted.
Among the newly promoted Officers was Inspector Joseph Oyaka, who got promoted to the rank of an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) with less than one year to serve in the Police Force.
In an express appreciation to God and to the Inspector General of Police, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Andrew Aniamaka, filled with joy for ASP Oyaka who is an assistant at his office, described the promotion as a well deserved one for his disciplined, well informed and dependable ally.