The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has recommended former police spokesperson, Frank Mba to the Police Service Commission for the office of Commissioners of Police, Ogun State.

According to a report by Punch, the IGP also recommended Idowu Owohunwa as commissioner of police of Lagos State.

This was contained in a document exclusively obtained by the newspaper on Thursday, signed by the Force Secretary, AIG Hafiz Inuwa, on behalf of the IGP.

It was gathered that the recommendations were yet to be approved by the PSC.

Impeccable PSC sources told The PUNCH on Thursday that the recommendation was a welcome development, adding that it showed that the Nigeria Police Force now respects the constitutional mandate of the PSC to confirm and approve of such or do otherwise based on its prerogative.

The sources further noted that the incumbent CPs of Ogun and Lagos Commands, Lanre Bankole and Abiodun Alabi, are due for promotion to the office of the Assistant Inspectors General of Police.

“Your correspondence is correct. Meanwhile, this is a welcome development, and it shows that the NPF and the IG now respect the constitutional duty of the PSC to approve of such recommendations,” a source said.

Another source noted, “It is true that Mba and Owohunwa were officially recommended to the PSC as CPs for Ogun and Lagos respectively. However, the recommendation is yet to be approved by the PSC, but we’re glad that the NPF now respects our constitutional mandate, and we hope that this would continue.”

Mba, a former Force Public Relations Officer and Lagos PPRO, is currently the CP in charge of the Border Patrol Force, Force Headquarters, Abuja, prior to the IGP’s recommendation.

Owohunwa is a Principal Staff Officer to the IGP, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Studies and Policing from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.




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