The ceremony was performed by the state commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu and other top Officers.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu said that promotion is a time of appreciations and therefore gave a round of applause to the Inspector General of Police Adamu Mohammed for his leadership role in bringing the police to it’s present state.
He said that to whom much is given, much is expected therefore said that with the promotion comes responsibilities.
With promotion comes more responsibilities for instance an Inspector promoted to ASP will find it difficult to dodge his responsibilities an would be be made to account for actions.
He said that the phrase “you ought to have known” is highly impregnated and advised the officers to stay away from being told such by shouldering up to their responsibilities.
He urged the officers to be lenient when dealing with civilians and should avoid using power arbitrarily and observe fundamental human right.
He advised the newly promoted to endeavour to supervise the men under their sphere of control which was a very important element in ensuring good organisation.
Odumosu said the promotion of the Law enforcement Officers became necessary because they have distinguished themselves in their various capacities over the years and met the requirements to be elevated in the Police Force.
He also urged the Residents to support the Police through provision of prompt useful information and report any form crime to the Police in their community to reduce all forms of unlawful acts to bearest minimum in the state.
23 were promoted to the rank of SP; Bala Elkana, Desmond Agbala, Hezekiah Adewunmi, Grace Eburuaja, Grace Olabode, Ayoola Alaba, Aghedo Fredrick, Cardoso Yetunde amongst others.
Some among others promoted to ASP are Oluwafemi Lala, Love Nwumueyi, Saliu Yinusa, Olabode Olaide, Okanlawon Richard to mention a few.
In all, there was a total of 651 officials decorated with their new ranks.
However, only the serving officers at the Command were decorated, which was also useful in regulating the numbers of officials at a gathering in adherence to Covid-19 regulations.
“Those on the field will be decorated by their sectional commanders and operational head,” he said.
Odumosu said that some duty post are associated to some ranks but it now depends on the personality now of the officer to be deployed into any duty post is by the pedigree of that officer and the ability to discharge the responsibility of that office.” I will advised the newly promoted officer not let the nation down because Nigeria is giant of Africa “.
DCP Ali Mohammed said that one of the challenges that came with promotion was that an officers can be held vicariously liable for the inability to supervise their men as well.
You should know that as you are ascending in ranks, more responsibilities will be added which will now judge your actions by your rank for the inability to supervisor your men.
He said that as senior officers, punishment will be commensurate to the rank you are wearing. “Also as a senior officers when treating civilians always bear in mind that you have relatives who are civilians and one day you will became civilian,”. He added.
Mohammed congratulated the officers on their promotion and reminded them of their responsibilities in line with the Nigerian Police Act.
DCP Etim wishes and advise them to steer clear of actions and inactions that will warrant them been issued queries especially for those that were promoted to Assistant Superintendent Police (ASP)
Etim said that the ASP would now have the privileges of dining and relaxing at the Officers Mess.
He said that their induction would be done on a date that would be announced by the commissioner.
DCP Yetunde Longe, said that all the promoted regardless of rank were now superintendent of police which simply means them being in charge of certain people.
She wishes and advise them to remain dedicated and uphold their integrity as policemen.
In a brief interview with the National Association of Online Security Reporters’ President, Oki Samson and other news men, the state police public relations officer and one of the newly promoted officer eulogies the Inspector general of police, IGP Adamu for the promotion, and especially the commissioner of police Lagos state, CP Hakeem Odumosu for given them the platform to shine.
He said, we promise that we will do more, add value to our work in whatever assignment we are assigned to.
PPRO, SP Bala Elkana applauds IGP Adamu, CP Odumosu visionary leadership style, restates commitment to effecient Policing