I'll be fair to all in Rivers, says new CP, Ogunsakin
The new Rivers State Police Commissioner Tunde Ogunsakin has pledge to return the state to its past glory of peace and harmony.
Ogunsakin, described as an intelligent and tough cop, was in charge of the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) at the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), in Lagos until last Thursday, when he was transferred to the Rivers Command to take the reins this week from Mbu Joseph Mbu, who had a turbulent tenure.
Mbu was under attack for allegedly taking sides in the Rivers State political crisis, which has pitched Governor Rotimi Amaechi against the opposition group led by Education Minister Nyesom Wike.
Mbu has always defended himself, saying he is a professional and discharged his duties according to the rule of law.
'I'm going to do my professional work and create an environment for the peaceful conduct of election,' Ogunsakin told our correspondent in Abuja at the weekend, vowing to be fair to all.
Known for his steadfastness and forthright in discharging his duties, Ogunshaki’s posting to Rivers State didn't come to many as a surprise.
According to some political analysts, it’s only someone like him that can bring back people’s confidence in the Police in the state.
As civil society groups, opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), the National Assembly and other categories of Nigerians repeatedly had earlier called for Mbu's redeployment on account of the clashes between the erstwhile Commissioner of Police and the state government and his alleged partiality.
Ogunsakin was appointed CP SUF in 2012, before that, he was the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Info-tech, at the Force Headquarters.
He had also served as Director of Operations of EFCC from June 2008 to May 2009. He is a former Director of Operations at the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
He attended L.A Primary School, Ikere-Ekiti, Annunciation College, Ikere-Ekiti. The University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) where he graduated in 1980 with a degree in Political Science/History.
He enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in 1982.
He cut his 'professional teeth' in 1984 in Ibadan as the Divisional Crime Officer, in charge of Bodija. In 1985, he received his anti-riot Mobile Police Training at Gwoza, Borno State.
He was the Unit Commander No. 4 Squadron, Ibadan before he joined the Interpol Lagos as a detective Superintendent in 1989.