Thursday, October 12, 2017

Lagos CP Imohimi Edgal demoted days after he begins investigating Davido’s friend's death

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has demoted two Acting Commissioners of Police (ACP) to their rank of Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCP).

Those affected ‘according to official information’, are the Acting Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, and Aji Ali Janga.

PSC, in an internal memo signed by the Permanent Secretary of the PSC, M. F. Istifanus, on behalf of the Chairman, Mike Okiro, to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, said it was withdrawing the anticipatory approval given for the elevation of Edgal and Janga.

The two officers are to revert to their position of Deputy Commissioners of Police, DCP.

The memo said the anticipatory approval given on August 22, 2017, was withdrawn at the plenary meeting of the PSC on September 26 and 27, 2017. But, no reason was given for the withdrawal.

 The letter titled ‘Withdrawal of Acting appointment: AP 25095 Mohimi D. Edgal and AP. 36665 Aji Ali Janga, reads in part: “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).”

However, Vanguard reports that in response to the letter from the Police Service Commission, the Police High Command, Abuja, has said that it was not aware that Imohimi Edgal had been demoted to Deputy Commissioner of Police. Rather, it affirmed that Edgal remains the state’s CP .

The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, a Chief Superintendent of Police, said that Edgal was still the CP Lagos , in acting capacity.

He said: “The PSC has the power to appoint, promote and discipline officers. But they don’t have the power to demote.

They can only demote an officer after the Force disciplinary committee has looked into what the officer has done and then recommend him for discipline. They can only authorize them to authenticate what the Police take to them

In this case acting CP Edgal has not committed any disciplinary offence and the Force disciplinary committee has not recommended him for reduction . They can not demote him and they have no such powers.

They should not go beyond their powers. Nigeria Police Force can exist without PSC but PSC cant exist without NFF. We are not aware of the reduction in power and acting CP Lagos state has not be demoted”, the FPRO stated.

The Police authorities had onfirmed the replacement of erstwhile Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Fatai Owoseni with Imohimi Edgal.

Excerpts from the statement (by Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole) reads, “Ag/CP Edgar Imohimi has taken over and resumed in an official capacity as the Commissioner of Police Lagos State Police Command with immediate effect.”

Imohimi Edgal's controversial demotion is also coming days begins investigating Davido’s friend, Tagbo Umeike's death.

On the death of Tagbo and, following actress Caroline Danjuma’s allegations, the police invited both the singer and  actress – nothing was said after that.

Continuing the investigation, an autopsy report revealed Tagbo died of suffocation, not intoxication, saying Davido would be re-invited.

And after meeting with Davido, Imohimi disclosed that preliminary investigation showed that late Tagbo was rushed to the hospital on Davido’s instruction.

The investigation also revealed that the singer “lied” in his statement about his involvement.

Davido is a member of the Adeleke family and a nephew to Senator Isiaka Adeleke (Osun-West Senatorial District).

The ongoing investigation might not go down well with the Adeleke family, and so, the reaction by PSC – or why a public announcement on a resolution that was reached in September?