Rumble in Police over transfer of Southern Officers to Northern States


IGP Hafiz Ringim
There is uneasy calm in the Nigeria Police Force over mass transfer of serving personnel of Southern origin to the crisis ridden Northern part of the country. learnt that the mass transfers which was ordered by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Hafiz Ringim, barely two weeks ago, is being frowned at by those affected for fear of either dying or losing their dear ones or properties in the event of mayhem.

A Senior Officer who spoke angrily on condition of anonymity said “I am not against transfer in the Police but the transfer should have human face. It should not be done on any ulterior motive or any sentiment. All of us are one and no one that deserve death on duty but if it happens, let all have a fair share of it.”

However, the IG did not explain the reason for moving Southern officers to the North but sources say it is part of the routine and also part of contract signed by rank and file in the police. learnt that the list could be released any moment.

However, sources said some Southern Officers in the Management team of Ringim frowned at the development and are disassociating themselves in the decision in grand style.

It was also gathered that some Officers who have gotten the information on the mass movement are mounting pressures on some top brass at the Force Headquarters to help remove their names.

We gathered that some Officers have resorted to approaching members of the National Assembly in their constituency for help. Some lawmakers have promised to help after the inauguration in May 29, 2011.

As part of preparations for the conduct of the April polls, the IGP ordered mass transfer of all Police Mobile Force (PMF) Commanders of southern origin to the North, a development that did not gone down well with most of them.

The mass transfer of the PMF Commanders effected in March 2011 and affected the entire 58 Mobile Squadron establishment in the country. gathered that the Officers involved up till now are still under pains as no provision was provided for them to move along with their families or having their allowances paid.

Similarly, Commissioners of Police were also swapped few days to the election and specifically, 4 th and 5 th April.