In the midst of rising tensions, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, has ordered the appointment of CP Bartholomew Nnamdi Onyeka as the new Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of Plateau State Police Command.
“The posting follows the redeployment of CP Edward Egbuka to the Force Headquarters for other national engagements,” Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) CP Frank Mba said in a press statement issued Wednesday in Abuja.
“The new CP is from Nkume in Imo’s Njaba Local Government Area. He graduated from Punjab University in India with a B.A. (Hons) in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Defence Studies.
“He has participated in a number of tactical and leadership courses both within and outside Nigeria, including the Strategic Leadership and Command Course (SLCC) at the Police Staff College in Jos, the Financial Malpractices Investigation Course, and the Armed Conflict Management Course at the Command Staff College in Jaji, Kaduna state.
“He has worked in the Bauchi, Imo, Abia, and Zamfara State Commands, as well as Zone 1 Headquarters in Kano, in various operational, investigative, and administrative capacities.”
While assuring the people of Plateau state of the police leadership’s unwavering commitment to containing prevailing and emerging crimes in the state, Mba noted that the IGP charged the new CP to use his community-building experience to ensure improved public safety and security of lives and property of the state’s citizens.
The Spokesperson continued, “He enjoined the people of Plateau state to continue to work with the police for effective policing of their communities.”
Egbuka’s involvement in the lingering Plateau state House of Assembly leadership crisis may have prompted him to leave the state.
He was reported to have ordered police officers to fire tear gas at throngs of protesters a few days ago.
Later, he led his men to arrest Speaker of the Assembly Abok Ayuba, who had been impeached. The list could go on and on.