‘Why Lagos Commissioner of Police, Edgal, was replaced’
The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Imohimi Edgal, has been redeployed while Kayode Egbetokun, a Deputy Commissioner of Police DCP), was appointed to replace him in acting capacity. Egbetokun was Chief Security Officer, CSO, to Ahmed Bola Tinubu when he was governor of Lagos State. He is very familiar with Lagos environment having held special positions in the State security architecture in the past.
While many have postulated that this was to have effective control of Lagos in 2019 elections by the ruling APC, top police officers said there is no political undertone in the redeployment of Edgal but mere administrative routine which was not peculiar to Lagos State.
Edgal was seen by Lagosians as an effective performer who upped the game against cultism and the mushrooming of cultic groups in the Lagos area.
Edgal, who was appointed Commissioner of Police for Lagos State on Aug. 30, 2017, has been redeployed to Bomb Unit, Police headquarters, Abuja.
Born on Sept. 4, 1964 in Erinja, Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State, Egbetokun enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force on March 3, 1990, as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police.
In 1999, he was appointed Chief Security Officer to Governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu.
He had also served in various capacities as Commander, Lagos Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Squadron Commander, Mopol 5, Benin City, Officer-in-Charge, Anti-Fraud Unit, FCT Command, Abuja, among other positions.
A 1987 graduate of Mathematics from University of Lagos (UNILAG), Egbetokun lectured Mathematics briefly at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, before his enlistment into the police.
His also holds MSc Engineering Analysis from UNILAG, Postgraduate Diploma in Petroleum Economics from Delta State University, Abraka, and MBA from Lagos State University, Ojo.
Until his new appointment as Lagos CP, he was the Deputy Commandant, Nigeria Police College, Ikeja Lagos.