The Immediate past Commissioner of Police, AIG Hakeem Odumosu, has officially handed over to the new state Commissioner of police Abiodun Alabi.
At a ceremony that took place on Monday, January 24, Alabi promised to increase police presence in all parts of the state.
The new Police boss, while speaking with newsmen, shortly after the handing over ceremony said;
“There will be respect for fundamental Human Rights I will ensure that no breach of Human Rights will be tolerated under my command and watch. Although Lagos State is undoubtedly a familiar turf for me having served in the state for many years in different capacities, nevertheless, it has become necessary to bring to the fore my template and policing vision.
We will also ensure that our men’s conduct while discharging their duties must be in conformity with our professional ethics especially with issues of corruption and extra Judicial killing and act of incivility to members of the public.”
He added that
“We will strive to build confidence and trust in members of the public particularly with state actors and non-state actors through intelligence-led community policing.
Area commanders and Divisional Police Officers will be encouraged to meet regularly with non state actors to ensure common problems confronting their various areas of responsibilities are collectively addressed. ”
CP Alabi also stressed that
“I will not be allergic to constructive criticism but will see it as an information to rejig our security architecture for our policing strategy. I also want to most sincerely commend the relentless efforts of the outgoing Commissioner of Police, Assistant Inspector of General, AIG Hakeem Odumosu whose operational dexterity and administrative acumen culminated in the security serenity enjoyed in Lagos State today.”
As part of his parting words, the outgoing police boss in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, urged Lagosians to support the new police boss.
CP Abiodun Alabi is an alumnus of the prestigious University of Lagos, Akoka where he bagged a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. He also holds a Master’s degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.
Appointed as a cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police on 3rd March, 1990, CP Alabi has vast experience in policing spanning over three decades. Since his enlistment he has served in various capacities such as Operations Officer, Divisional Crime Officer, Unit Commander Mopol 19 Squadron, Port Harcourt, second-in-command to Squadron Commander, Mopol 22 Ikeja; Squadron Commander, Mopol 43 (Diplomatic Protection Squadron), Lagos; Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Lion Building and Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Ikeja.
Other appointments he has held include but not limited to the following: Assistant Commissioner of Police, Administration, Police Mobile Force, Force Headquarters, Abuja; Deputy Commissioner of Police Administration, Taraba State Command; Deputy Commissioner of Police Administration, Bayelsa State Command; Deputy Commissioner of Police, operations, Ekiti State; Commissioner of Police in charge of the Central Criminal Registry, Force Criminal Investigation Department Annex, Alagbon; and Commissioner of Police, Bauchi State. Until his recent posting as Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Abiodun Alabi was Commissioner of Police in charge of Administration, Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID), Abuja.
CP Alabi is a fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Management. He is also a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, New York, USA, and Fellow of the National Defence College (fdc).
The new Commissioner of Police has carved a niche for himself as a highly disciplined, courageous crime fighter, professional and thorough-bread police officer with knack for intelligence, investigations, administration and operations. He is expected to bring his wealth of experience to bear on policing in Lagos State. The new Commissioner of Police promises Lagosians robust policing through intelligence gathering, inter-agency collaboration, public partnership and more importantly, respect for fundamental human rights of all citizens.