Controversy is surrounding the status of the Acting Commissioner of Police for Lagos State, Mr. Imohimi Edgal 42 days after he was announced to replace the former holder, Mr. Fatai Owoseni.
While a letter purportedly written by the Police Service Commission to the police boss stated that he has lost his new rank and that he should revert back to his former rank of a deputy police commissioner, the Lagos State Government however maintained that the letter is fake and that Imohinmi remains the police helmsman.
The letter with titled, ‘Withdrawal of Acting Appointment: AP. 25095 Mohimi D. Edgal and AP. 36665 Aji Ali Janga was signed by the Permanent Secretary at the PSC, Mr. M.F. Istifanus, on behalf of the Chairman, Mr Mike Okiro.
“Our letter with Ref No PS/1924/Vol IX/ dated 22nd August, 2017 conveying the Honourable Chairman’s anticipatory approval for the placement of the above-named officers as Acting Commissioners of Police refers, please.
“The Commission at its 24th Plenary Meeting of 27th and 28th September, 2017, took a decision not to ratify the anticipatory approval. The Officers are, therefore, reverted to their substantive rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP).”
On August 31, CP Fatai Owoseni handed over to Edgal who was his deputy in charge of operations. This followed a statement by the police confirming Owoseni’s redeployment.
Owoseni resumed as the CP in charge of Administration at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
Reacting to the development, the state government in a terse statement dismissed the letter as “a fake letter being circulated by revisionists who are stunned by the level of progress that Imohimi has brought to Lagos in just few weeks”.
The statement further says: “It’s obvious that a lot of people are unhappy with the major strides the Acting CP has made in such a short time.
“It will be recalled that it was Edgal as DCP who led the police intervention that led to the dismantling of the dreaded badoo cult and destruction of several shrines that harbour cultists and kidnapper. It will also be recalled that the previous commissioner had refused to vacate his position on Edgal’s appointment claiming he had not received any signal.”