Photo: Egbetokun and Baba
New police boss Egbetokun assumes office as ex-IGP Baba exits
Mr Adeolu Egbetokun, the acting Inspector General of Police, IGP, has assumed duty following the retirement of former IGP Usman Baba, who was relieved of his position on Monday by President Bola Tinubu.
The handing/taking over of leadership between the former and new police chief was held in a brief but colourful ceremony at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
Olumuyiwa Adejobi, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) and Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) in a statement issued on Wednesday said the event was climaxed with the symbolic handover of the Nigeria National and Police flags.
He said that the new IGP, who is the 22nd indigenous Inspector General of Police, appreciated the President, Commander in Chief, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR for the confidence reposed in him stressing that the appointment was a commitment, a calling to make a difference in the shared mission to safeguard the lives and well-being of everyone that lives in our great country.
He further said that Egbetokun hails from Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State. He was commissioned into the Nigeria Police Force on 3rd March, 1990 as a member of Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police Course 16 from the prestigious Nigeria Police Academy.
According to Adejobi, Egbetokun holds a Doctorate degree in Peace and Security Studies, a Post Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Economics, a Masters in Business Administration, a Certification in Electronic Data Processing/Computer Programming, a Masters in Engineering Analysis, and a Bachelors in Mathematics.
He described the new police boss as an amiable policing strategist and accountability icon, who has held several strategic positions in the past cutting across all the departments of the Force.
The positions, he said, include: Commander Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Lagos State Command, Area Commander Osogbo, Osun State, and Gusuau, Zamfara State, Commandant Police Training School Ikeja, Commissioner of Police Explosive Ordnance Department, Commissioner of Police Kwara State Command, Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 7 Abuja amongst others. Until his appointment as the Ag. IGP, he was the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department.
The FPRO added that Egbetokun holds an unwavering commitment to the principles of justice, security, and the rule of law and assured that the Nigeria Police Force, under his leadership, would strive for excellence, transparency, and accountability to rebuild public trust, restore confidence in our law enforcement institutions, and create a Nigeria where every citizen feels safe, protected, and respected.
He also assured that his administration would unveil new tactics to release the great potentials which the Nigeria Police Force possesses to secure the nation, build lasting peace, and deliver on the vision of the President for a thriving and prosperous Nigeria.