By Lilian Ogbonna (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – A major re-organisation of the Nigeria Police Force has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, which has resulted in the creation of a full-fledged intelligence unit, the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB), which was carved out from the Force Criminal Investigation Department, alongside five new zonal commands, coupled with sundry other structural changes.
This was disclosed via a circular, signed by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu. According to Adamu, the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB), which is to be headed by a Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), was part of a restructuring exercise that was aimed at fully integrating “intelligence-led policing strategy into the Community Policing initiative in addressing the threats that the dynamics of crimes pose.” The addition of the new independent intelligence department, means the police force now has eight departments.
President Buhari, in line with the community policing initiative, also approved the decentralisation of the FCID, with two new additional annex offices in Enugu and Gombe, respectively for criminal cases emanating from the south-south and south-east zones and the north-east zone. In addition to the existing FCID annexes in Kaduna and Lagos, the department now has four annexes, with each to be headed by an Assistant Inspector-General of Police reporting to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police heading the FCID at the headquarters in Abuja.
Below is a list of the five new zonal Commands:
1. Ondo and Ekiti states are coming under new zonal command headquartered in Akure
2. Enugu, Ebonyi and Anambra states under new zonal command headquartered in Ukpo-Dunokofia.
3. Bayelsa and River states under new zonal command headquartered in Yenagoa.
4. Yobe and Borno states under new zonal command headquartered in Maiduguri
.5. Katsina and Kaduna states under new zonal command headquartered in Katsina.