Commissioner of Police, Abaniwonda Surajudeen Olufemi, officially commenced his role as the 22nd Commissioner of Police for the Delta State Police Command on Wednesday, pledging to prioritize the safety and security of residents and their belongings.
This information was disclosed in a press release by DSP Bright Edafe, the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer. The incoming CP replaces the recently promoted AIG Wale Abass, who has been reassigned to the Police Force Headquarters in Abuja.
According to Edafe, “CP Abaniwonda Surajudeen Olufemi was born on the 22nd of February 1966 to the family of Mr. and mrs. M.A.R Abaniwonda. He hails from Epe LGA of Lagos State. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History in 1987, and a Master of Arts in Economics History, both from the prestigious University of Lagos in the year 1990.
“He was enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force as a member of Cadet ASP Course 17 on the 18th of March 1992. He attended the elite Police Academy Kaduna, and upon completion of training in the academy, was posted to Kogi State Police Command as a young Assistant Superintendent of Police in November 1995.
“He has served in various capacities in the Police Force as follows;
The CP served as the 2 I/C Squadron Commander Police Mobile force (21PMF) in Jos from the year 1996, he also served as Squadron Commander at MOPOL 8 Jos from the year 2002-2005. From the year 2005 – 2014, he served as Divisional Police Officer at Kubwa Division, Gwarinpa Division, Karmo, Division, Lugbe Division, Garki Division, and Karshi Division and also the CSP DOPS FCT Police Command.
“As a trained officer of international standards, he was deployed for Peace Keeping Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2000, and was also in 2008 seconded as the Training Adviser at the United Nations’ Integrated Office in Sierra Leone.(UNIOSIL)
“In 2015 he was posted to the Gwagwalada Area Command as the Area Commander, and in 2017 he was transferred to Oyo State Command as the Area Commander Oyo Area Command. Upon his promotion to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police, he was tasked with the administrative duty at the Department of Operations Force Headquarters Abuja.
“Afterwards, he was transferred to Kogi state Command as the Deputy Commissioner of Police State Criminal Investigation Department. He was the immediate past Deputy Force Secretary at Force headquarters Abuja. He was promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Police January 2024 and deployed to Delta State as the 22nd Commissioner of Police of Delta State Command.
Upon assuming his new role, the incoming Commissioner of Police pledged to enhance the existing security measures in Delta State to promote peace and safety. He emphasized the importance of public cooperation with the police and urged youths to resist involvement in criminal activities.
In his farewell speech, the outgoing Commissioner of Police, AIG Wale Abass, expressed gratitude to the State Government and the community for their support during his tenure and encouraged them to extend the same support to his successor. CP Abaniwonda Surajudeen Olufemi assured Delta residents, both locals and non-locals, that under his leadership, the Command would make the state inhospitable for criminals.
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