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Frenzy Over successor of CP Hakeem Odumosu as he bows out



Frenzy Over successor of CP Hakeem Odumosu as he bows out

There is now so much frenzy over the successor of outgoing Lagos CP, Hakeem Odumosu, ENigeria Newspaper reports.

In an earlier report, ENigeria Newspaper revealed that Lagos Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, who was recently promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police – AIG, is stepping down after reaching his statutory retirement age.

According to the report, states such as Rivers, Delta, Imo, and Lagos are considered juicy states in the police force, and officers compete tooth and nail to be allocated to these states. With Odumosu’s term coming to an end, it goes without saying that finding a replacement will be a fierce race among CPs.

According to ENigeria Newspaper sources, two Commissioners of Police, Ali Mohammed Ari of the Delta State Command and Abiodun Sylvester Alabi formerly of the Bauchi State Command, are the runner-ups in the race to succeed Odumosu, who is set to retire on January 22, 2022 after a distinguished career in the Force.

Although both CPs have served in Lagos and are familiar with the area, which is an advantage for them, there are indications that Abiodun Sylvester Alabi, who is currently posted at Force Headquarters, is the most favoured choice.


Alabi’s reputation and advocacy for human rights precedes him, as several officers with whom he has shared a history affirmed to this reporter that he is an upright man who has zero tolerance for bribery and corruption, a stance that most of his subordinate officers find unsettling.

Alabi is thought to be the right guy to succeed Odumosu, according to ENigeria Newspaper discreet enquiries. He is a detribalized and generous officer with extensive experience in the Force, having served in key states across the Federation.

There are also suggestions that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu identified Alabi as his preferred candidate in his letter to the INGEPOL, Usman Alkali Baba, and the Police Service Commission – PSC, but no decision has been taken as of the time of posting this story. There will be more on this story as it develops.

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