By Raymond EKPE, South-south Investigator Bureau Chief
FOLLOWING the sudden death of former Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Late CP Jimoh Ibrahim, the Nigeria Police has deployed a new Commissioner of Police to the State Command. He is CP Kayode Sikiru Akande.
The reason for this is not far-fetched at all: Akande is a special breed and a Police Officer with a difference. Filled with the needed intelligence, he’s the complete opposite of an average Police man on the streets. This is obviously because his records in the Force have remained pristine and unsullied.
Both at home and abroad, the graduate of Political Science from the University of Benin, has proved his professional mettle, a development that has hauled in honours, recognitions and awards for him, both locally and internationally. For instance, his exploits in Kosovo and Liberia, earned him recognition and awards from the United Nations. As the Commander, 1st African Armed Police Unit to a UN operations, the never-assuming Akande, proved his professional competence by restoring peace in the troubled Bong and Nimba counties in December 2004. Similarly in Morovia, the Liberian capital, amidst growing tension and riot which the combined formations from Nepal and Jordan had been unable to quell for 3 days, his Unit, which he led, within hours of being deployed, quenched the unrest successfully. This feat achieved by his Unit, earned Nigeria a special request from the UN for the deployment of four extra units to its other missions. While in addition it earned his boys on the mission, special commendation from the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (SRSE), Akande was certificated in Gold by the UN.
A flower remains a flower anywhere, even on the dunghill. He is an officer without airs and is never aerated with buffoonery often associated with some men in uniform. Popularly called ‘Sir K’ by his friends and colleagues, the new CP had countless times, successfully cop-knocked at the enclave of criminals and came out triumphantly. For instance, while in 1994, he successfully investigated and recovered items worth £4.7m stolen from the defunct Welcome Pharmacy in Lagos, with the suspects convicted, in 1996, operating under a Presidential Task Force on Financial Crimes, he, in league with others, arrested a foreign national who duped some Nigerian businessmen to the tune of #480 million. No doubt, before arriving at this enviable height, he had gone through the crucible. Successfully in the profession, the newest CP has traversed with a keel. He has always plied his trade with the needed gusto. At any point in time, he does not see the NPF as a deadborn as many in the society would. As a one time PPRO Baluchi State Command in 1997, he established a functional Police Library, served and won Governor’s award in Cross River in 2007. Meritoriously, he has served in other places. Before his appointment as CP, Cross River State command, he served as the OC, Presidential/VIP Movements, State House, Abuja. A thoroughbred professional and super cop always with his cap and cop on, he knows when to be civil and when to adorn the garb of a tough officer. Akande’s works and good deeds have become his keepsake for many in all areas he has touched in life.
Congratulations CP Akande on your appointment as the new commissioner of police Cross River State command.