Sequel to the 2018 promotion that cut across the Federation in the Nigeria Police Force, Course 25 Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police were among the recipients of the promotion approved by the Police Service Commission.
A number of them have taken to their social media handles, especially Facebook, to express their happiness and show off their well deserved three stars.
Those promoted to Deputy Superintendent of Police are in high spirit, ready to take up new challenges.
Majority of them displayed pictures of their decoration with their Zonal Assistant Inspectors General and State Command Commissioners of Police.
Other notable personalities were present to felicitate with and decorate the officers.
AIG Zone 1, Kayode Aderanti, decorated his Personal Assistant, Benjamin Hundenyin, and AIG Zone 2, Lagos, Adamu Ibrahim, decorated delectable Hauwa Idris, the G2 of C25 in the presence of family, friends and well wishers.
Course 25 is also known as the Change Agents.
It was an appellation given to them by their Course Officer, Chief Superintendent of Police Awoniyi Bamidele, while in Police Academy, Wudil, Kano, where they performed excellently in academics and field practice, making them the best Course with outstanding records till date.
Course 25 started their journey into the Nigeria Police by an appointment letter from the Police Service Commission in 2012.
They were exceptionally trained on terrorism and counter terrorism course, Mobile Strike Force Combat, Leadership and Citizenship Course, Non-verbal and virtual intelligence training, all to their credit.
Since their commissioning into the Nigeria Police Force, the officers have remained hardworking and diligent to their duties.
This is why they remain distinguished in neatness and eloquence, one of them said, adding that an instance is Deputy Superintendent of Police Owoseni Rasheed, who is a unit Commander of Mopol 43, Lion Building, and DSP Akaranwolu Chidi, who is also a unit Commander of Mopol 23 in Ikeja, both in Lagos State.
They have both experienced Maiduguri, Borno State and Yobe State during the height of the Boko Haram insurgency.
This experience has further made them gallant, the source said.
The Deputy Superintendent of Police rank is a special rank in the Nigeria Police Force because of the eye catching shinning stars fitted hoizontally and beautifully on the shoulders, which one of them said the Yorubas fondly refer to as “gbogbo irawo (all stars),” adding that it brings nostalgic feeling to senior officers as it is the first promotion after confirmation into the Police Force.
Decoration by senior officers is a standard parade in the police and senior officers take turns to decorate the promotees with words of encouragement and admonition, spelling out higher responsibilities, which accompanies the new rank.
One of those promoted said: “This promotion became a reality under the visionary leadership of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, who has vowed to promote every police officer due for promotion.
“The Inspector General of Police through a signal by hand has congratulated all the newly promoted and charged them to police Nigeria professionally and efficiently with wholeheartedness and always maintain highest civility with members of the public.”
The Change Agents are scattered all over the 36 States of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja FCT Zones.
DSP Quincy Famous Cole and DSP Janet Okeyinka were full of encomium and accolades for their AIGs, CPs and immediate senior officers, appreciating them for the opportunity to serve their fatherland and urging Nigerians to support the Nigeria Police in crime prevention and criminal justice.
One of those newly promoted said: “The Change Agents are a crop of young officers who are educated and qualified officers with requisite degrees in specialized courses, both home and abroad.
“They are positioned to become nightmare to criminals and a friendly force to law abiding Nigerians.”