Authoritative source revealed to our correspondent that the workaholic officer who was removed on Wednesday and directed to report to the Operations Department of the Force Headquarters in Abuja, was immediately replaced by the Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Other Special Offences, Saheed Egbeyemi.
Likewise, the newly appointed Commander of the Governor’s Monitoring Team (GMT), SP Sola Jejeloye, has been upgraded to replace Egbeyemi as the Task Force Chairman, while SP Ibrahim Bakare has been appointed as the GMT Commander.
According to the source, the State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu who was also pencilled down for redeployment retained his position, a development that came as a surprise to many.
There had been calls in some quarters, calling for Odumosu’s transfer from Lagos over his alleged role in the #EndSARS protests, with some protesters demanding for his removal. But not many saw Disu’s removal coming, even though his exploits in RRS was fast gaining ground.
Disu, who occupied the position throughout the four-year spell of former governor, Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration, succeeded in changing the face of RRS in the State, with the code name, “The Good Guys”.
On Wednesday, Disu had posted a message on his Facebook page and it was learnt that it might not be unconnected to the information which trickled in late Wednesday night.
He wrote: “I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength. Alhamdullilah Robi Allahmin. New frontiers.”
Disu, an amiable super cop and a workaholic, has paid his dues in the security trajectory in several states across Nigeria, including Lagos.
He came into limelight in 2003, after he was appointed as the Aide De Camp to the former governor and National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
He has also served at the Ogun State Police Command, as the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), in-charge of Ago-Iwoye and also led the Nigeria Police contingent on African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS), to quell the crisis in the war-torn Darfur, in 2005.
Upon return to Nigeria, he was the Officer in charge of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ondo State Police Command Headquarters and subsequently, Officer in-charge of the SARS, Oyo and Rivers States Police Command Headquarters.
Soon afterwards, he was elevated to a new rank as an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), and he was at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), of the Rivers State Police Command, before his transfer to Lagos State Command and subsequent deployment as the commander in-charge of RRS.
However there are feelers that Disu might be penciled down for a higher assignment in the Force in Abuja, hence, the decision of the Police hierarchy to redeploy him to the Federal Capital Territory.
With the Police Force still battling to recover from the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests, as well as several ongoing probe panels across the country, Disu’s managerial acumen may just come in handy.
CRAN Commends Security Agencies On Abilities To Curtail COVID-19 induced challenges.
The Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN) on Thursday commended top security authorities and officials in proffering solutions to the management of COVID-19 viz-a-viz security challenges in the country.
Mr Sunday Odita, President of the association made the commendation during the 29th edition of the CRAN lecture and annual awards with theme: “Managing COVID-19 RELATED SECURITY CHALLENGES”, held at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos State.
He noted that the combined efforts by the security agencies during the COVID-19 period assisted greatly in curbing the spread of the deadly disease.
Odita explained that CRAN’s annually event was the only private sector initiated event where top security chiefs in all the law enforcement agencies were brought under one roof to share ideas.
“Over the years, our lectures have focused on relevant issues that called for expert discussion and recommendations. Deliberations arising from such discussions have gone a long way in helping security communities in finding solutions to the perceived challenges,” he said.
The president said that CRAN’s 2020 lecture and awards theme which focuses on managing the pandemics related security challenges was delivered by a former Assistant Director, Department of State Services (DSS) Mr Dennis Amachree.
“He is an icon in the security corridor whose pedigree as a former top brass in the nation’s secret service is second to none. There is no doubt he will do justice to the topic. We hope the communique released at the end of our deliberation will certainly assist securities agencies in their roles as we continue to expect an end to the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
Odita also revealed that CRAN’s annual event was a day set aside to honour dozens of Nigerians who have contributed in their modest ways to keep our lives and properties safe and secure.
“Some of them in spite of their selfless commitment to a crime free society may never have had the opportunity of being celebrated by any group if not for the diligent effort of CRAN.
“Among those to be honoured are gallant policemen and women who have distinguished themselves in character and service,” he said.
The president specially recognized an exceptional retired Commissioner of Police, CP Frank Odita, who urged journalists on crime beat to come together and form the body called CRAN today.
“CRAN is a group of journalists from various print, electronic and online media mandated by their organisations to cover crime, security, safety and allied events within the public and private security space.
“The Crime beat which covers activities in the Police, Immigration Service, Customs, Civil Defence Corp, NDLEA, NAPTIP, EFCC, DSS among other related agencies of government and private security sector is a branch of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ),” Odita said.
The president appreciated authorities of the public and private security outfits, banks, individuals and other stakeholders for supporting CRAN in different ways.
“We are exceptionally grateful to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Dr Bone Chinye, AIG Ahmed Ilyasu and his commissioner in charge of Lagos State Police Command, Hakeem Odumosu. We are grateful for everyone who has helped to ensure that today’s event is a success,” Odita said.
Some of the awardees in the ocassin chaired by Dr Bone Chinye Efoziem, CEO, Strict Guard Security are: Ahmed Ilyasu, Asst. Inspector General of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, Commissioner of Police, Chief Solomon Ogbonna Aguene, Doyen of Arts, Julian Wealth Igbudu, Superintendent of Police, Alhaji Hamisu Lawan, Anti-Narcotics Commander and SP Abdulfatia Abolarin Adigun, Crime Burster.
Others are Jimoh Abiola, Chief Superintendent Cadre, Dr Dolapo Ayokunle Fasawe, Trail Blazer in Public Health, Environmental Protection, Bolanle Basirat Ajao, Passionate Public Affairs Officer, CSP Oyinpreyebofa Frances, DPO Aswani among other awardees.
Lagos CP, Security Expert Commend CRAN For Supporting Security Agencies.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, Hakeem Odumosu has emphasized the importance of crime reporters to the success of the operation of the police in the state .
Also, top security expert, Dr Bone Efoziem commended the association for creating a forum to brainstorm on how to find solutions to security challenges in the country .
The Lagos police boss made the emphasis on Thursday during the 29th Annual Lecture and Award ceremony of the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN) which took place at Sheraton Hotel ,Ikeja,Lagos State .
CP Odumosu,who was represented at the occasion by ACP Jide Agboola also called for more partnership between the police and the crime reporters
The police boss ,while making his remark during the event, which was well attended by top security practitioners said, “no doubt, CRAN has played a very important role over the years .”
“The police have enjoyed tremendous support and robust relationship with the association. We appreciate your partnership. The partnership is not taken for granted. We want to urge the association to keep the job going .You have done extremely well .”
On the award ,the Lagos police boss said, “We appreciate CRAN for the award . It is a recognition of the good things we have been doing and it will spur us to want to do better .”
The Lagos police boss also assured that “I can assure you that the partnership between the police and CRAN will continue”.
Dr Efoziem,who was the chairman of the 2020 edition of the annual award ceremony commended CRAN for choosing” an essential topic” for the event .
He said ” I want to once again thank CRAN for organizing this event You know, it is good to organize an event better to gather people and the best is to get the right people to speak to you. The topic chosen this year is a very essential and topical one, relevant to the country and the world at large”.
The annual event has over the years been a forum through where solutions are proferred to the myriad of security challenges in the country .
Distinguished Nigerians who have done creditably well in the areas of security and other walks of life are also honoured during the annual event .
At the 2020 edition of the award, personalities honoured with awards for their contributions to the country includes: the AIG in charge of Zone 2, Ahmed Iliyasu, CP Hakeem Odumosu, DCP Tunji Disu, DCP Frank MBA, Isah Sulaimon, Tolulope Desmond Ogundipe, Olugboyega Peters, Baba Taiye Hassan, CSP Oyinpreyebofa Francesa, Chief Olabinjo Olanrewaju and SP Bala Elkana.
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