The Police Training School (PTS) Ikeja, on Monday graduated six PhD holders and 169 others, from different professions, into several ranks of the Nigeria n Police Force as supernumeraries (Spies).
Deputy Commissioner of Police and Commandant, PTS Ikeja, Musa Garba, said at the 2022 graduation for the spy police officers, that 175 supernumeraries were promoted into various ranks, having completed their advanced course.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 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 PhD 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 involves himself or herself in any criminal activity will 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.
He appreciated the Inspector-General Police for his support to the PTS, which has culminated in the growth and development of the school.
“I thank you all for sparing your time to learn about the operation of the police with an intention of assisting in the discharge of their duties,’’ he said.
Speaking with NAN, the PTS Headmaster, SP Kabiru Momoh, said the only difference between regular police officers and the supernumeraries was that the latter were not allowed to bear arms.
Momoh said the spies were usually enrolled in the PTS by organisations or agencies to be trained as professional officers of the Nigeria Police Force and used when there is shortage of regular police officers’ manpower.
“Many of them work in government agencies, multinationals, and organisations as escorts, internal security officers, intelligence officers, and financial officers, to detect fraud, corruption, threats and irregularities in their financial or daily operations’’ he said.NAN