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IGP, Idris appoints Tinubu’s ex-CSO, Egbetokun, as acting Lagos CP

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The Inspector – General of Police , Ibrahim Idris , has directed Mr . Kayode Egbetokun to take over from erstwhile Lagos State Commissioner of Police , Imohimi Edgal, as the Acting Police Commissioner in the state .Sources said Edgal has been directed to take charge of the Explosives and Ordinance Disposal Unit at the Force headquarters , Abuja .

It could not be immediately ascertained if Egbetokun , who was former Chief Security Officer to former Lagos State Governor , Bola Tinubu, would be made the substantive CP .

The new acting Lagos Police boss was the CP in charge of Explosives and Ordinance unit .

He also supervised the Osun governorship election in Ikire town , where a number of buses and motorcycles were seized for violating the restriction of movement during the poll .

A source said , “ The redeployment of Egbetokun to Lagos was part of the Police operational strategies ahead of the 2019 general elections.

“ You will recall that a number of senior Police officers , including Command Commissioners of Police , were redeployed in the past few weeks , which the Force headquarters has deliberately not made public , contrary to the usual practice . ”

Our correspondent had reported exclusively last week that the Force had been carrying out a massive redeployment of senior officers across the country .

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Findings indicate that the Police leadership had , in the past weeks , redeployed the CPs in Zamfara , Edo , Ekiti , Imo and Bauchi Commands ahead of the polls holding next month .

This is coming against the backdrop of the expected retirement of the IG , who would clock 60 years on Tuesday .

Egbetokun was a Deputy Superintendent of Police in 1999 when he was appointed the CSO to then Governor of Lagos State , Bola Ahmed Tinubu; and in that capacity coordinated the security of the entire state while reporting to the governor .

He served as the Commander , Rapid Response Squad , Lagos , Squadron Commander , Mopol 5 , Benin , Benin City, Officer – in – Charge , Anti – Fraud Unit , FCT Command , Abuja ; Chief Superintendent of Police , Administration, Lagos State Command Head Quarters , Ikeja ; Area Commander , Osogbo , Osun State Command ; and Area Commander , Gusau , Zamfara State Command, among others .

Egbetokun graduated from the University of Lagos , Akoka , Yaba , Lagos , with Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in June 1987 ; and lectured Mathematics briefly at Yaba College of Technology , Lagos , before his enlistment into the Police Force .

His other academic qualifications include MSC Engineering Analysis, also from the University of Lagos , Akoka , 1996 ; Post -Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Economics from Delta State University , Abraka , 2000 ; and an MBA from Lagos State University , Ojo , 2004 .

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