New police commissioners have been appointed in Lagos, Yobe, and Benue.

IGP Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, has ordered the appointment of CP Alabi Abiodun Sylvester as the next Commissioner of Police in-charge of the Lagos State Police Command.


The IGP also ordered the posting of CP Haruna Gabriel Garba and CP Tajudeen Akinwale Abass to the Yobe and Benue State Commands, according to a statement released by the force spokesperson, CP Frank Mba.


The appointment follows the elevation of two Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, six Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, and seventeen Commissioners of Police by the Police Service Commission.


CP Alabi Abiodun, the new Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, is a fellow of the National Defence College and a member of Nigeria Institute of Management. An alumnus of the University of Lagos where he studied Sociology and a Masters Degree holder from Obafemi Awolowo University, CP Alabi was appointed into the Nigeria Police Force in 1990 as a cadet officer. He has served in various capacities within the Force which include, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Police Mobile Force, Force Headquarters, Abuja; DCP Admin Taraba and Bayelsa Commands respectively, and as DCP Operations, Ekiti State Command before his promotion to the rank of Commissioner of Police. Until his recent redeployment, he was the CP Administration, FCID Abuja.


CP Haruna Gabriel Garba holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from the University of Uyo. He was also appointed as a cadet officer in 1990 and has served in various operational, investigative, and administrative capacities within the Force. Prior to his elevation to the rank of Commissioner of Police, he was the DCP SCID, Yobe State Command.


CP Akinwale Tajudeen Abass, the new Commissioner of Police, Benue State Police Command, was a former DCP State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID) at the Oyo and Ogun State Commands respectively. He has also served as the AC SCID, Delta State Command and also as the Area Commander, Area C, Surulere, Lagos State Command, amongst others.


The IGP has tasked the newly assigned officers with building on the achievements of their predecessors, notably in the areas of crime prevention and public safety.


He also challenged the police to uphold the policing virtues of professionalism, respect for the rule of law, and citizens’ rights in their new areas of responsibility. To allow the new Police helmsmen to properly carry out their mandate, the IGP urged civilians to provide support and cooperation to them.


The impacted Senior Police Officers have been immediately posted.

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