After more than a month of intrigues about who succeeds Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Idowu Owohunwa, the Lagos State Police Command, on Wednesday, welcomed a new Commissioner of Police, Adegoke Mustapha Fayoade.

Interestingly, while new Commissioners of Police were announced in states such as Niger, Benue and others, the Police Service Commission (PSC) delayed the announcement for Lagos, until December 12, 2023. This was through a letter, marked TH.5361/FS/FHQ /ABJ/T.5/103, and signed by the Nigeria Police Force Secretary, on behalf of the Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun.

A source said: “He is the person they are waiting for, and that is why they appointed Commissioners of Police in states where the commissioners were elevated…but hadn’t announced the one for Lagos.”

Adegoke was a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the Ilupeju and Ajao Estate divisions, at some point in his career. He was also Area Commander, Sango Area Command, Ogun State, and Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of administration at Zone II Command Headquarters, Onikan.

The officer also headed the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Yaba.

After his promotion, Adegoke was posted to head the NPF armament department before he was enlisted to study for one year at the prestigious National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies.

He holds a B.A (Ed) Hons in History and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Lagos State University (LASU) and University of Lagos (UNILAG), respectively.

Fayoade was at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, U.S., from 1998 to 1999. In 1999-2003, he was Police ADC to former governor of Osun, Bisi Akande. He was DPO at Ajao Police Station, Ilupeju Police Station, and Victoria Island Divisional Headquarters,

He served as the Area Commander, Sango Area Command, Ogun State, where he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police and, thereafter, moved to Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos, as DC Admin.

After he got promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Police, he was moved to CP Armament, Force Headquarters, Abuja, later to Police Training School, Jos, and now to the Lagos Police Command.


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