I-G, Dangote, others bag CRAN AWRADS

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, chairman Dangote Group of Companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Manko, his Delta State counterpart, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba and twenty others have been honoured with the distinguished award of the Crime Reporters Association (CRAN) for effective policing and support towards the security of lives and property.
Other recipients of the award which is bestowed on security officers and private individuals, who have distinguished themselves in their field of endeavour, include the Commissioner of Police, Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Mr. Tunde Ogunshakin, the Onijanikin of Ijanikin Kingdom, HRM. Oba Momodu Ashafa, Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele nd chairman Mosan- Okunola Local governnet Council, Hon. Abdulrasheed Abiodun Mafe and the Ajagungbade of Ibeju- Lekki land, high chief Samsondeen Ogunkoya.
Also honoured at the event which took place at the multipurpose hall of Radio Lagos / Eko FM, Lagos, were the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Delta State Command, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Area “A” command, Lagos, Mr. Edgal Imohinmi, his Area “B” counterpart, Mr. Muhammed Ari Ali, DPOs of Ojo, Ebute- Ero, Trade Fair divisions, SP. Mukaila Yusuf, SP. John Otahumele and SP. Robinson Eregare respectively and the Officer in charge of the Special Anti- Robbery Squad, Lagos Command, SP. Abbah Kyari and the Chief Security Officer of Governor Babtunde Fashola, SP. Adeshina Lawal amongst others
In his welcome address at the occasion, president of the association, Comrade Chris Oji said the recipients were honoured for their exceptional performance in their various fields of endeavour and contributions to the development of the country.
Informing that the Inspector General of Police, Mr. MD Abubakar was honoured with Star Award in Police Transformation, Oji noted that the Nigeria Police Force is no doubt been enjoying an unprecedented revival and great transformation since Abubakar assumed office as the 16th indigenous IGP.
On why Aliko Dangote was honoured by the association, the CRAN president explained that Dangote tagged as the richest Nigerian has help in great deal in reducing crime and criminality in the country by being the highest private employer of labour in the country through the employment of both graduates and under graduates who could have invariably become criminals.
According to him, the honour was meant to spur the awardees into doing more and not to relent in their efforts, just as he called on other Nigerians to emulate the gesture of the recipients and compliment the efforts of the federal government at ensuring the safety of lives and property and transform the country.
He also commended the efforts of the police and other security agencies in combating crime in the country, while appealing to all and sundry not to leave the issue of security in the hands of the security agencies alone.
The CRAN president called on traditional rulers to join hands in the fight against t crime in the country, stressing that they have the responsibility of monitoring the activities of the people in their domain and give security intelligence report on the activities of criminals to law enforcement agents.
While presenting his lecture titled “Rising Up to the Rising Security Challenges in Nigeria”, president of Society of Security Practitioners of Nigeria (SSPN), Mr. Davidson Akhimien, posited that the security situation in the country will improve if government improves the living standard and infrastructure.
Noting that the security breaches in the country in enormous, the security expert maintained that they can be surmounted if both the private and public security practitioners, political class and bureaucrats as well as the citizens play their roles.
Akhimien, the Managing Director of KingDavids Security Services urged government to focus on judicial reform for quick dispensation of justice, appointment of people into position of authority be base on merit, training and re-training of security personnel on the modern method of fighting crime, introduction of security courses into the curriculum of higher institutions and withdrawal of police escorts from those who are undeserving of them.
Present at the event were the Inspector General of Police represented by the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2 command, Mr. Maman Tsafe, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, repsented by his Special Adviser on Security Matters, Major Tunde Panox (Rtd), founder of Crime Control, chief Kingsley Osakwe, Managing Director of Halogen Security Company Limited, Mr. Wale Olaoye, Commandant Nigeria Security and Civil Defenec Corp, Lagos Command, Deputy Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone “A” Lagos and host of other egg heads in the security industry.

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