In line with the commitment to ensuring fairness and equality for all genders within the Nigeria Police Force, Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, has appointed Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Yetunde O. Longe, as the first female Force Secretary.

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This historic appointment was announced by Force spokesperson, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on Wednesday, June 5, 2024.

“AIG Longe brings extensive experience and expertise to her new position. Since joining as a Cadet ASP on March 3, 1990, she has shown exceptional dedication and skill in various roles within the NPF. Her Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Toxicology has greatly contributed to her proficiency in managing and investigating crimes. She has also completed advanced training courses such as the Advanced Detective Course and Intermediate Command Course at Police Staff College Jos, and the Protection of Civilians course in Italy,” the statement said.

Throughout her esteemed career, AIG Longe has served in several key roles including Administrative Officer, Crime Officer, Commandant in Lagos, Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Corporate Investment at the NPF Cooperative; Area Commander in Lagos, Deputy Commissioner of Police at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in both Bauchi and Lagos States, and DCP Admin at Zone 2, Lagos.

Before her latest appointment, she held the position of Commissioner of Police for the Port Authority Police, Eastern Command, Port Harcourt, and later Assistant Inspector General of Police in the Department of Training and Development, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The Inspector General of Police emphasizes the importance of gender sensitivity in police appointments and operations, stressing that his administration is committed to promoting gender equality and empowering female officers to reach leadership positions within the Force.

“The IGP highlights that having women in strategic roles is vital for the overall development and effectiveness of the Police Force, assuring that merit and capability will continue to be the main criteria for advancement, regardless of gender.”