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Revealed: Inside Details of Moves to Demote New Lagos CP

The inside story behind the attempted demotion of the acting Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal by the Police Service Commission is coming out.

More facts have emerged about the intrigues within the police that led to the attempted demotion of the acting Lagos Commissioner of Police by Police Service Commission. What happened?

PSC led by the former IGP, Mr. Mike Okiro had through its secretary written to the Inspector General of Police informed him about the demotion of the acting CPs in Kogi and Lagos states.

The PSC also directed that the officers concerned should revert to their former ranks before they were appointed Acting Commissioners of Police.

The decision meant that Edgal will be reverted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP and cannot head the Lagos Police Command with that rank.

From what PM Express gathered, the decision came as shock to many who pointed at jealousy within the police circle with regards to performance and the rapid promotion of Edgal as the motives behind the attempt to demote the police boss.

It was gathered that when Edgal was promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police, the promotion was backdated to six years, barely few months in that position, he was again promoted to Acting Commissioner of Police in charge of Lagos Command.

Police sources said that in spite of Edgal having those rapid promotions, some of his course mates were already AIGs and DIGs, yet he remained patient and persevered before the latest position.

Sources also claimed that the police boss attracted much enemies within the police circle after he displayed overwhelming competence by providing adequate security in the state and reduced the crime rate to the barest minimum.

While within the police circle, they saw the demotion as a normal routine in the force and were of the view that Edgal had to accept the decision and move on.

But the decision of the PSC was greeted with resentment by the public, even Lagos State Government who are pleased with his performances so far.

Some officers who spoke on the matter said had it been the demotion stays, Edgal would have vacated his present position or go on transfer elsewhere as DCP.

It was learnt that after Edgal was appointed the Acting Commissioner in Lagos, he introduced some well thought out policies that not only endeared him to the government but got him commendations from many residents.

The people were so elated about the community policing policy he introduced where people were made stakeholders in matters of security in the state.

However, not minding the achievements, some senior police officers appeared not happy and tried to indict him for not proposing such good policies to his former boss, Mr Fatai Owoseni.

It was said that Edgal performed well during the period he acted as Commissioner when CP Owoseni traveled abroad on leave.

He was able to dislodge the Ikorodu-dreaded cult group, Badoo Boys, destroyed shrines, arrested their leaders and reduced crime in the state drastically.

The achievements were made within a short time before Owoseni returned and already gained ground until he was eventually made the acting commissioner.

It was gathered that all these noble achievements exposed his competence and some people within and outside the police circle were not happy. They felt he did not cooperate with his boss by sharing relevant information with him.

These groups were said to be trying to do everything possible to ensure that he was frustrated and removed which they attempted through the Police Service Commission.

According to PM Express, those behind the ploy to bring Edgal down hatched and executed the failed plot in the FCT, Abuja.

It is believed that the PSC members might have given the approval for the letter to be served but due to the reaction of the police headquarters and some Nigerians, they reversed the decision.