By Michael Ofulue
After several days of speculation, a new Commissioner of Police has been named by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Muhammadu Adamu for the Ondo State Police Command.
The new Police boss is Mr Bolaji Salami whose appointment and other new commissioners were unveiled yesterday in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba.
The new Commissioners of Police are as follow: Bolaji Amidu Salami (Ondo), CP Babatunde Kokumo (Edo), CP Lawal Jimeta Tanko, formerly of Edo state is the new CP for Bauchi state.
Also, CP Philip Sule Maku is the new CP for Ebonyi State, CP Ahmed Maikudi Shehu (Gombe), while CP Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu is the new CP for Oyo state.
CP Evelyn T. Peterside becomes CP in charge Eastern Port, CP Okon Etim Ene is CP in charge Bomb Disposal (EOD), CP Bello Maikwashi is CP Airport Command and CP Olukolu Tairu Shina is CP Anti-Fraud Unit (FCID Annex Lagos).
The new Ondo State Police boss, who hails from Oyo State, until his appointment, has served at the Police Service Commission (PSC) in Abuja.
He takes over from CP Undie Adie, who has been posted to Osun State Police Command.
CP Salami who has been described as a seasoned police officer and a cool headed officer by his colleagues is the 40th Commissioner of Police in Ondo State.
According officers who had worked with him, his elevation to the position of Commissioner of Police will bring to bear, his wide range of experience in combating crime and criminality in the South- West states.
He was a former Personal Assistant to a one-time Inspector – General Police, IGP, Mr Musuliu .A.K Smith, who is currently Chairman of Police Service Commission between 1999 and 2002.
Salami was reported to have won the hearts of top officers and the junior ranks through his unassuming stance cum the various assistance he had rendered officers of the force.
Another officer who pleaded anonymity disclosed that the new Ondo state CP was a father-figure when he headed the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Panti street, Yaba.
The IGP, however, enjoined citizens of the affected states to cooperate with their new Commissioners of Police to enable them succeed in their areas of responsibilities.”