In a historic move towards gender equality, Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, has appointed AIG Yetunde O. Longe as the first female Force Secretary of the Nigeria Police Force. This groundbreaking appointment underscores the IGP’s unwavering commitment to gender inclusivity within the force.

AIG Longe, who began her career as a Cadet ASP on March 3, 1990, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role. With a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Toxicology, she has demonstrated exceptional proficiency in crime management and investigation. Her professional growth is marked by advanced training, including the Advanced Detective Course and Intermediate Command Course at Police Staff College Jos, as well as the Protection of Civilians course in Italy.

Throughout her distinguished career, AIG Longe has held various pivotal roles. She has served as an Administrative Officer, Crime Officer, Commandant in Lagos, and Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Corporate Investment at the NPF Cooperative. She has also been an Area Commander in Lagos and Deputy Commissioner of Police at the State Criminal Investigation Department in Bauchi and Lagos States. Most recently, she was the Commissioner of Police for the Port Authority Police, Eastern Command, Port Harcourt, and Assistant Inspector General of Police in the Department of Training and Development at Force Headquarters, Abuja.

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IGP Egbetokun emphasized that gender sensitivity in police appointments is a non-negotiable principle of his administration. He highlighted the importance of promoting gender equality and empowering female officers to attain leadership positions. The inclusion of women in strategic roles, he noted,