By Paul Michael, Defence Editor, Abuja
New Commissioners of Police have been approved by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba for Edo, Kaduna, Adamawa and Imo States.
The Trumpet reports that while CP Abutu Yaro takes charge of Edo State Police Command as the new Commissioner, CP Yekini Adio Ayoku was posted as Commissioner in charge of Kaduna State.
Meanwhile, CP Sikiru Akande Kayode and CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde have been posted by the IGP to head the Adamawa and Imo State Police Commands respectively.
Acting Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on Thursday said the IGP charged the newly posted officers to hit the ground running by providing public safety and fighting crime in their respective States. Adding that the posting is with immediate effect.
He described the officers as experienced police officers with the requisite knowledge and expertise to head the respective States. Adding that CP Yaro until his recent posting was CP Force Provost Marshal while CP Ayoku was a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). CP Kayode on his part was CP ICT, Force Headquarters, Abuja, while CP Barde was the Commissioner of Adamawa State Police Command before he was redeployed to Imo State.
CSP Adejobi said, “CP Abutu Yaro, fdc, the new Commissioner of Police, Edo State Police Command, holds a B.A [Hons] from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He was appointed to the Nigeria Police Force as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1988. He has served in various supervisory capacities within the Nigeria Police Force, including as Commissioner of Police in charge of Zamfara and Imo State Police Commands respectively. Until his recent appointment, he was CP Force Provost Marshal, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
“The new Commissioner of Police, Adamawa State Police Command, Sikiru Akande Kayode holds a B.Sc in Political Science from the prestigious University of Benin. He joined the service of the Nigeria Police Force as a Cadet ASP in 1990 and has served in various operational, investigative, and administrative capacities within the Force. He has served as the Officer-in-Charge of Presidential/VIP Movement, State House Abuja. He was equally a one-time Commissioner of Police, Cross River State Police Command. Until his appointment, he was CP ICT, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
“CP Yekini Adio Ayoku, psc [+], mni, holds a B.Sc from the University of Ilorin. He is an indigene of Agbeyangi, Ilorin East Local Government Area, Kwara State. CP Ayoku enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force as a Cadet ASP in March 1990. He has served in several capacities in the Nigeria Police with a great wealth of experience. He was a one-time Commanding Officer, 24 PMF Squadron, Presidential Guard and Escort. He has participated in peacekeeping operations and was decorated with the United Nations Medal for meritorious service in Kosovo. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police [IACP].
“CP Muhammed Ahmed Barde, the new Commissioner of Police, Imo State Police Command, is a versatile Police Officer. He has served in Police College, Jos and Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil, Kano as DC Admin. He equally served in Borno State Police Command as Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations. He was one time head of Force CID, Annex, Enugu. Until his recent appointment, he was the Commissioner of Police, Adamawa State Police Command.
“The IGP has charged the newly posted officers to hit the ground running in the areas of crime-fighting and public safety. He also called for support and cooperation from members of the public to the new Police helmsmen to enable them perform optimally on their mandate.”