After a week of controversy in the Ogun State Police Command, a new Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson has finally assumed duty in the State.
The new Commissioner assumed office after receiving the hand over notes from the former Commissioner, Bashir Makama at a ceremony held at the Officers’ Mess in Abeokuta, the State capital on Wednesday.
Imohimi Edgal had resumed office as the Commissioner of Police last Monday while Makama was on an official assignment outside the State.
Edgal was redeployed to Akwa Ibom to replace Ebrimson after spending just three days in the State as the Police Commissioner.
Edgal was said to have assumed office without proper handing over from Makama and during his brief stay at the State, Edgal was said to have redeployed some top officers in the Command and also locked up 23 officers believed to have offended him.
But while handing over to Ebrimson, Makama apologised for everything that happened, saying “Those that were issued queries, too bad but take it that it happened during the course of discharging your duties.”
Makama charged the officers, “The cooperation that you have given me, continue to give the new Commissioner. In fact, you have to invigorate your support for the new Commissioner.”
He charged the new Commissioner to be selfless in discharging his duties, saying “What you are going to do, do it for the benefit of the State, do it for the people and for the honourable job that you are doing”.
“You have come to serve and you should always be transparent and don’t be surreptitious. Wherever I am, I want to continue to see the success of this Command”, Makama added.
Speaking with journalists later, Ebrimson who had served previously in the State at different capacities, assured the people of the State of “robust policing, high visibility and physical policing”.
His words, “My officers will hit the ground running. The tripod I will fall on, is physical policing, intelligence led and respect for human rights and human dignity, that is the tripod on which I will stand to ensure that we do a better service delivery to the people of Ogun State.”