After Manko, No Commissioner of Police in Lagos Yet
Five days after the exit of the former commissioner of Police, Umar Manko, following his elevation to Assistant Inspector General of Police, a new Commissioner of Police is yet to be posted to Lagos State.
Manko was posted to Zone 2 Police Command five days ago after he was elevated by the Police Service Commission and Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba.
Pundits are worried that delay in posting a Commissioner of Police who is considered the principal crime fighter in any state may stall critical crime fighting decisions.
They have also advised the IGP to post an officer with an impeccable pedigree in fighting crime in a mega city like Lagos.
One of them who proffered to be anonymous did not hesitate to list newly promoted officers like CPs Joshak Habila, Taiwo Lakanu, Femi Oyeleye, Samuel Adegbuyi, and Tunde Shobulo as people who are fit for the job of policing Lagos.
Habila has an unblemished pedigree in policing Lagos. He was an Area Commander in charge of Area F, Ikeja, Lagos, where he spent many years.
Lakanu is regarded, as ‘new image’ of the Nigeria Police due to his believe in the use of members of the community in driving policing duties. He also knows Lagos very well since he had served in Lagos State Police Command as well as Zone 2 Command.
Femi Oyeleye is another officer whose knowledge about policing Lagos is unparalleled. He was an Area Commander in charge of Area B, Apapa.
Samuel Adegbuyi is presently the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Lagos State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba, Lagos. He was the Area Commander in charge of Area C Command, Surulere, Lagos. His bravery during the Nigerian Army invasion of Area C Command many years ago received accolade from various quarters.
An officer in the command told The Guardian that, “Adegbuyi is an officer who believes in justice no matter whose ox is goad.
Tunde Shobulo is regarded as “An operations man” by his colleagues. His knowledge of Lagos is also quite impeccable. He is presently the man in charge of Operations in Lagos State Police Command.
An officer told The Guardian that, “the earlier the IGP post a Commissioner of Police to Lagos, the better, because Lagos State cannot afford to be without a substantive police boss for even one day.”