NIGERIA: Police Boss Appoints Ben Okolo As Commissioner Of Police For Bayelsa

NIGERIA: Police Boss Appoints Ben Okolo As Commissioner Of Police For Bayelsa

By Augustine Ehikioya

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the posting of CP Ben Nebolisa Okolo, to Bayelsa State as the new Commissioner of Police (CP) in-charge of the State.

(CP Ben Nebolisa Okolo, Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State)

CP Ben Okolo takes over from CP Echeng E. Echeng, who has been redeployed to the Anambra State Police Command.

According to a statement on Monday by the Force Public Relations Officer,
Force Headquarters, CP Frank Mba, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA), the new posting is with immediate effect.

The IGP has also “charged the new CP to bring his wealth of experience to bear in advancing the gains in crime prevention and public safety in Bayelsa State.

“The IGP equally enjoined Bayelsans to accord the new Commissioner of Police maximum cooperation to enable him succeed in his assignment.”

On the new CP for Bayelsa State, the statement said “CP Ben Okolo, a fellow of the National Defence College, hails from Onitsha in Anambra State. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

“A Cop with vast experiences in policing and community safety, CP Okolo has held key positions within the Force cutting across administration, criminal investigations, operations, amongst others.

“He previously served as Deputy Commissioner of Police, Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB); Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special Fraud Unit (SFU) and the Head of IGP Monitoring Unit, amongst other positions.

“He has also attended several leadership and professional courses within and outside Nigeria including the Tactical Command Course at the Police Staff College, Jos, Strategic and Management Training Course at the INTERPOL Headquarters, France.”

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