The Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba, has confirmed CP Idowu Owohunwa as the new commissioner for Lagos Police Command, while his colleague, Frank Mba, is expected to take over Ogun, just as CP Adebola Hamzat, CP Suleiman Yusuf, and Faleye Olaleye who were also deployed to Adamawa, Taraba, and Ebonyi, to ensure lives and property are being protected across those states.
The police boss said that the new deployments are in line with the IGP’s mandate and strategies to strengthen the operational structures of state commands, and also have hitch-free elections even though the posting comes three weeks before the poll.
Also, the IGP has redeployed outgoing Lagos CP, Abiodun Alabi, to take up duties and responsibilities of the Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIG) for Zone 2 Lagos, and four others to other zones across the country.
The others deployed to the zones were CP Matthew Akinyosola who would be conducting activities at AIG Police Mobile Force, CP Jonathan Towuru to oversee AIG Zone 6 Calabar, CP Akande Kayode would be going to AIG Zone 11 Osogbo, and CP Abimbola Shokoya will takeover AIG Zone 17 Akure activities.
It would be recalled that The Guild had earlier in January reported the deployment of new CPs to Lagos and Ogun but was denied by CP Alabi, who claimed that the story was a form of distraction and that the public should ignore the news.
Contrary to Alabi’s claim, the IGP confirmed The Guild earlier report by releasing a signal on a series of deployments including that of the CPs for Ogun, Lagos, Ogun, Adamawa, Taraba, and Ebonyi, and stressed that the posting take effect immediately.
The police boss confirmed posting of the senior officers on Tuesday through a statement released by Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, and made available to newsmen.
Also, the Police boss redeployed Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs), to fill the vacuum in the Force, as indicated by the IGP’s manpower development policy of placing round pegs in round holes.