The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has hailed the immediate past Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Philip Ogbadu, saluting his professionalism and dedication to duty.
CP Ogbadu recently retired as a Commissioner of Police in the state. He assumed duty in Edo State on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, taking over from Johnson Babatunde Kokumo who was then promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of police.
Obaseki, during a valedictory session for the Police Commissioner, on Monday, said Ogbadu restored the lost confidence in the security system after disruptions caused by the 2020 #EndSARS protests.
The governor stated, “The coming of the CP to Edo State changed the narrative of our security architecture. It took a person like Ogbadu to restore the security confidence in the state.
“He is humble, courageous, confident and operates an open-door policy for colleagues and heads of other sister security agencies; the synergy responsible for his great success of securing lives and property.”
Obaseki further added, “We must commend you for combining professionalism and native intelligence in security matters, collaborating with security heads, and ensuring that security is improved in Edo State.
“You are a hardworking officer who takes the security of lives and property as a priority. I thank you for what you have done for Edo people, especially after the #EndSARS protests. You have been here for just over a year, and your success shows your integration into the security system in Edo State.”
On his part, the Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comr. Philip Shaibu hailed the CP for the service rendered to the state, noting, “CP Ogbadu is an intelligent man and it shows in his contribution in ensuring that there was no major security issue during Edo 2020 National Festival. He was instrumental to the success of the games.”
Also, Secretary to State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., added, “You have done a lot to improve security in the state. We hope that the team you left behind will be able to sustain what you have created in Edo State.”
In his response, Ogbadu linked his success in office to the collaboration and support of the Governor Obaseki-led state government.
The Commissioner said, “We came in at a difficult time, shortly after the #EndSARS protests. The governor and his team worked tirelessly with us for three months and the state command was very supportive. We fought security challenges to a standstill, especially kidnapping. Edo people were good and very supportive.”