How Tinubu, Akiolu Saved Lagos Commissioner Of Police
How Tinubu, Akiolu Saved Lagos CP
But for the swift intervention of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni, would have been transfered out of the state a few weeks ago, sources have disclosed.
Owoseni, who took over from Kayode Aderanti shortly after the 2015 general elections, had reportedly been ordered by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to proceed on a course at the Nigeria Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru near Jos.
To replace him is a CP simply identified by Abdullahi Umar, who is said to hail from Katsina State.
But on getting wind of this development, Tinubu and the Lagos monarch, who is a retited Assistsnt General of Police, reportedly worked the phones for several hours to impress it on the powers-that-be in Abuja that Owoseni’s transfer and his replacement by a northern officer was inauspicious at this time.
Not even the excuse that Owoseni was long due for the NIPSS course could sway the two influential Lagos leaders.
Their efforts eventually paid off, with the police headquarters rescinding its earlier decision to redeploy Owoseni from his current beat.
The posting of CPs to Lagos has always been marred with politics, as the state is considered as very strategic in the nation’s security architechture, with over 70 percent of CPs that had headed the state command hailing from the North.