Police sets to transfer 600 officers over Boko Haram
By Emmanuel Udom
There are strong indications that police officers in Nigeria are praying and hoping for the best, following the order of the police chief for a mass transfer of officers, due to the embarrassing activities of the Boko Haram sect.
Our reporter learnt on Tuesday morning from dependable police sources that the mass transfer committee, acting on the order of Muhammed Abubakar, the inspector-general of police has compiled the lists of about 600 officers to be transferred in the first phase of the exercise.
The lists seem to have sent jitters down the spines of officers in Lagos and other states of the federation, as our reporter observed at the Lagos state police command headquarters in Ikeja officers praying and talking in whispered tones about the transfers.
A senior police officer at the command told our reporter on condition of anonymity that the transfer is triggered-off by the heat and embarrassment generated by the activities of the Boko Haram sect.
It is possible that officers could be transferred to their states of origin, even as more lists are expected to be released in the next few days, our source said.
It could be recalled that late last week, IGP Muhammed, determined to unleashed final onslaught on the terrorists group, ordered the Force Secretary and other top police officers in Abuja to compile the lists of officers across police formations in Nigeria for transfer.
Following this order, police commissioners in the 36 states of the federation were instructed to all compile the lists for their various states and forward same to Abuja.
Frank Mba, deputy force police public relations officer has said last week that the IGP is more than determined to crush terrorists in the country, insisting that the transfers could be thoroughly done in order to achieve this aim.