#Bounce60MinutesWithCP: 5 Interesting Things To Know About Imohimi Edgal
Incase you didn't know, Bounce News will be hosting the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal in a town-hall meeting at our office in Ikeja, Lagos on Thursday, September 13th 2018.
Ahead of the event which will be aired live via our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages; and promises to be explosive, we thought it would be a good idea to get you acquainted with the man who's been in charge of our collective security in Lagos state for the last 12 months.
Here are 5 things you should know about the Lagos state Commissioner of Police.
1. He's been in the police force for 32 years
Edgal is no newbie.
He joined the police force as a starry-eyed cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police, on February 2, 1986. He's since served in various commands and formations in several capacities, spending most of his days at the Lagos State Police Command including as Divisional Police Officer of Shomolu Police Division, Seme Police Division, Ikeja and Surulere Police Divisions, between 2003 and 2011.
He also served as a Chief Superintendent of Police, before he was promoted and appointed the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Area ‘A’ Command, Lagos.
2. He's an artist
The Commissioner is a 1984 graduate of Art at the University of Jos.
He also has a Master's Degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Lagos. In addition, he is highly trained in Community and Intelligence Gathering Policing, a skill he greatly utilised in ending the activities of the dreaded cult group, Badoo in Lagos.
He also organised the first Community Policing summits in Ikeja GRA, Lagos State.
3. He ended the reign of Badoo in Ikorodu
For a good part of last year, the Ikorodu axis of Lagos state was held under siege by the dreaded cult group - badoo.
Known for their gruesome tactics, badoo held residents of Ikorodu under siege, killing scores in the most grotesque manner imaginable.
Despite a few arrests here and there, no major crack was made in the case until January 2018 (roughly 4 months after Edgal took over as CP). The police; following months of intelligence gathering via community effort, busted a shrine at Ayegbami quarters, Imosan in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state, where suspected Badoo cult members allegedly took oath before going on operations.
This owner of the shrine, 34-year old Fatai Adebayo was also arrested in the bust, and thus marked the end of the reign of terror hitherto unleashed by the badoo cultists.
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4. He played a huge role in rescuing the kidnapped students of Lagos Model College, Igbonla, Epe
The Badoo case wasn't the only headline-grabbing case Edgal put an end to. Last May, Lagosians woke to the news that 6 students of the Model College Igbonla had been kidnapped.
Swinging into action, Edgal was said to have mobilised policemen from the Anti-Robbery and Kidnapping units of the Lagos Command and their counterparts at the Marine Police in attacking and killing members of the kidnap gang, when they attempted to snatch some police gunboats, from the Marine Police Post in Ajah.
America, the leader of the kidnap gang, was killed in that operation, and his death plus the subsequent arrest of relatives of his gang members compelled members of gang to release the kidnapped students in Ondo State.
5. He speaks Yoruba well
Edgal is a native of Eme-Ora town in Owa West Local Government Area of Edo State. However he speaks Yoruba quite well, perhaps thanks to his mother who is from Usi in Ekiti state.
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