By Festus Fifen.
The Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Olukayode Egbetokun has assumed the helm of affairs in the Nigeria Police Force as the 21st indigenous Inspector General Of Police.
Egbetokun who was appointed by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on 19th June, 2023 takes over from IGP Usman Alkali Baba, who retired after 35years of meritorious service to the nation.
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 which witnessed the symbolic handover of the Nigeria National and the Police flags on Wednesday 21 June 2023.
In his inaugural speech The new IGP appreciated the President for the confidence reposed in him stressing that the appointment is 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.
Ag. IGP 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. He 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 has held several strategic positions in the past cutting across all the departments of the Force. These 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.
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