• As AIG Adeleke, Shelleng, others extol his virtues
It was a colourful evening of celebration and felicity as PCRC helds promotion gala for police officer, Ahmed Mogaji Kontagora, who got promoted to a new rank of Commissioner of Police in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
The evening of super fun, sumptuous meals, and graceful dance proved to be a time to unwind for many friends of the new CP Kontagora.
Many police officers who due to the intensity of work rarely have time to relax were able to let down their hair even as they saluted their colleague, CP Kontagora who will soon be moved out of the Lagos State Police Command to a new command, The Trumpet gathered.
The gala was attended by many police officers including some who are higher in rank than the new CP.
The special guest at the gala, AIG Adeleke Adeyinka Bode, who is the Assistant Inspector General in charge of Zone 2 (Lagos and Ogun State Commands), noted that he and Kontagora had been friends for over 30 years.
“Kotangora is my coursemate. So, if there is anyone who knows him, I am. I have known him for the past 30 years. He is a gentlemanly officer and very likeable,” he said.
The event host, Mr Matthew Ibadin, who is also the Chairman of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) Victoria Island, took the opportunity to celebrate Kontagora whom he described as a “reliable police officer and an excellent operations person.”
He wished the new CP well in his new endeavour.
On his part, DCP Umar Shelleng, who spoke on behalf of the officer-colleagues said, “Kontagora is a very industrious person. We have known each other right from when we were younger officers. We worked together in INTERPOL for a very long time when he had the opportunity to represent Nigeria Police in INTERPOL office in Cote D’Ivoire.
“He is a very nice, amiable, humble, and down-to-earth person which has been attested by others. He is firm, straightforward, and has a way of addressing issues without being unnecessarily harsh or aggressive.
“I wish you well. I congratulate you. This promotion comes with a lot of responsibility and I am very sure that your posting will soon be announced.”
Celebrating the CP Kontagora on behalf of his civilian friends, Otunba Ayoola reiterated that Kontagora has a way of addressing issues.
“You won’t even realize that someone is there. There was an experience where a lawyer ran to Alagbon over a rent issue after a kangaroo judgment. He didn’t even know the person but we were all surprised by the way he addressed the issue quietly without noise.
“Above all, he is very patriotic. He loves the job. Sometimes 2 am is when he retires to his home. I celebrate him,” Ayoola told The Trumpet.
He noted that the newly promoted CP is media-friendly.
“He is always responsive to address issues of public importance which arise from their activities as Police. He is a fantastic operations officer who puts the maintenance of law, order, and security as a priority. May you continue to rise to greater heights in the Nigeria Police,” he added.
The Chairman of PCRC in Lagos, Apostle Kehinde Showemimo while giving the toast at the event said, “’I appreciate this wonderful, friendly, and very gentle man who is always ready to help. Whatever the issue is, he is looking for solutions.
“We are happy that God has elevated him. May God continue to elevate him the more. May he experience exponential growth in every sphere of life,” Apostle Showemimo concluded.
Before his promotion, CP Kontagora held the position of the DCP in charge of Operations in the Lagos State Command where he excelled tremendously under the leadership of CP Sylvester Abiodun Alabi. He also worked with the former Lagos CP, the retired AIG Hakeem Odumosu.