Six Ph.D holders and 169 others, from different professions, graduated into several ranks of the Nigerian Police Force as supernumeraries (Spies), on Monday at the Police Training School (PTS) Ikeja, Lagos.
At the 2022 graduation ceremony for the spy police officers, the Deputy Commissioner of Police and Commandant, PTS Ikeja, Musa Garba, that 175 supernumeraries were promoted into various ranks, having completed their advanced course.
The supernumeraries were promoted to the ranks of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Superintendent of Police (SP), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and Inspectors.
The six Ph.D. holders promoted into the cadre of CSP are Dr Peter Akhideno, Dr Elvis Otobo, Dr Kehinde Oduns, Dr Glory Raphael, Dr Goodluck Enimakpokpo and Dr Adaramewa Olusuyi.
Garba said that the promotion of the officers was based on merit as the supernumeraries had been equipped with training that would assist them to perform their duties diligently.
He noted that the new rank attained by the officers came with greater responsibilities to themselves; to their organisations; to their communities; to the police force and to the society at large.
“Your actions and utterances henceforth, must be well-guided by the Police Force Act, as you must exhibit high moral standards and ethical discipline that you have received during your trainings here,’’ he admonished.
According to him, any of the supernumeraries who involved himself or herself in any criminal activity would face disciplinary actions in line with the Police Act.
Garba charged the graduating supernumeraries to report to police stations nearest to them to familiarise themselves with the officers in charge there.
He explained that this would help them to build an understanding between themselves, other spies and with regular police officers.
Responding on behalf of other graduating officers, Mr Samuel Ajiboyede promised that the graduating spies would be good ambassadors of the PTS and would continue to support the police in various capacities to effectively discharge their duties.
Also speaking, one of the PhD holders, Dr Enimakpokpo, said that increase in the level of insecurity had made security to become everybody’s business, hence; their enrolment at the PTS.
Enimakpokpo, also Head of Sales, General Electrics, Nigeria/Anglophone countries, stated that they began with a three-month basic course and proceeded for the Refresher course for five weeks before their graduation.
He explained that they were trained on professional policing, law enforcement, arrest, terrorism and about 70 per cent of what the regular police does.
He added that his perception about the regular Nigeria police officers have changed for the better, since the training.
“Contrary to our perception, the police are a disciplined, responsible, human relations profession and indeed, our friend as proclaimed.
“I recommend that Nigerians should undertake this training at the PTS so that they can understand the operations of the police and help them to showcase their good works outside,’’ Dr Enimakpokpo said.