Aruga Joe Omokaro, Abuja
History was made in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) today Friday, January 14, 2022 as husband and wife were decorated with the rank of Commissioner of Police (CP).
They are CP Patrick Kehinde Longe and CP Mrs Yetunde Longer.
Both husband and wife were promoted the same day three weeks by Police Service Commission (PSC)
Before their promotion and subsequent decoration today,, CP Kehinde Longer was Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Rivers State Police Command, Port Harcourt. His wife, Yetunde was also DCP in charge of Administration, Zone 2 Police Headquarters Onikan, Lagos.
Also decorated with new rank is former AIG Zone 2, is DIG Johnson Babatibde Kokumor as well as former Lagos State police boss from CP. He is AIG Hakeem Odumosu.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Alkali Baba Usman, today Friday, 14th January, 2022 performed the decoration of twenty-five (25) newly promoted Senior Police Officers at the Goodluck Jonathan Peacekeeping Centre, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
The officers who have been found worthy in all ramifications to earn the promotion, were decorated with their new ranks amidst cheers from their spouses, loved ones and well-wishers.
The senior officers included Deputy Inspector-General of Police Zaki Ahmed, the DIG in charge of the Department of Operations and Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Johnson Babatunde Kokumo,, the DIG in charge of the Department of Research and Planning at the Force Headquarters.
Also decorated were six (6) Assistant Inspectors-General of Police who were elevated from their previous rank of Commissioners of Police.
They include AIG Buba Sanusi (former CP Katsina), AIG Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu (former CP Anti-Fraud, FCID), AIG Bello Sani Dalijan (former CP INEC), AIG Yahaya Sahabo Abubakar (former CP Yobe), AIG Akingbola Olatunji, (former CP Benue), and AIG Hakeem Odumosu,(former CP Lagos).
The seventeen Commissioners of Police who were elevated from their previous rank of Deputy Commissioners of Police included CP Josephine Nneka Anyasinti, CP Haruna Gabriel Garba, CP Tajudeen Akinwale Abass and most significantly, the husband-and-wife duo of CP Patrick Kehinde Longe and CP Yetunde Longe.
The highlight of the brief ceremony was the presentation of an award to AIG Hakeem Odumosu as the best Commissioner of Police for the year 2021 by the President, Police Officers’ Wives Association (POWA), Hajiya Hajjara Usman Alkali Baba for his commitment towards women empowerment, social development, effective crime fighting and quality service delivery.
The Inspector-General of Police while congratulating the newly promoted officers charged them to bring their vast experiences and professionalism to bear in advancing the fortunes of the Force in their new ranks while keying to his vision and mission statement of his administration which is “to protect with courage and serve with compassion”.