MINISTER of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has charged newly promoted police officers posted to the territory to continue to put the nation and the people first in the discharge of their duties.

Bello gave the charge while decorating 20 newly promoted inspectors and sergeants of the FCT Police Command with their new ranks.

He stressed that the promotion, which was part of a series of promotions of police personnel across the country, was a sign of appreciation, by President Muhammadu Buhari, for the good work of the men and women of the Nigerian Police in the protection of lives and property.

He also called on them to reciprocate the good gesture of Buhari by putting in more effort in the discharge of their duties and maintaining good work ethics.

Bello assured them that the Buhari-led administration has the welfare of the Nigerian police at heart and is pushing reforms aimed at improving their general wellbeing.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has enunciated a number of reforms that are targeted at your welfare, your career development, your training, and the overall improvement of your capacity to be able to provide a very critical constitutional role of providing internal security in Nigeria. And I hope with this elevation, you are going to put in more and more,” he said.

Among the 20 police personnel decorated, 10 were promoted from sergeant to the position of inspector and 10 from corporal to sergeant.