For the excellent job of arresting the killers of Cynthia Osukogu, who was killed in a Lagos hotel in June, seven Police officers who performed the feat, were yesterday awarded the ‘NOA Civic Recognition Award’ by the National Orientation Agency.
According to the Director General, NOA, Mr. Mike Omeri, the National Orientation Agency decided to initiate the civic recognition award because Nigerians in various walks of life and endeavour have been making the nation proud without been recognised and encouraged.
“The whole nation was gripped with anger, fear and rage when this ugly and unfortunate incident occurred. These patriotic officers stuck out their necks to unravel the mystery. What you did restored Nigeria’s police image before the whole world.
“You also restored some sort of succour to the family by arresting those that committed the dastardly act.”
The seven officers are ACP Damien Okoro, the Area Commander ‘Festac’, DSP Imoh Gregory, ASP Mariam Ogunmolasuyi, ASP Agbaje Yakubu, Inspector Edo Joseph, Sergeant Patience Biokoro and Sergeant Frank Okorobon, all of Area ‘E’ Festac, Lagos.
In his speech, the IG, Mohammed Abubakar commended the NOA for the honour done his men saying it has opened a new vista of partnership between the Police and the agency after which he elevated sergeants Frank Okorobon and Patience Biokoro, to the rank of Inspector with immediate effect and also directed Inspector, Edo Joseph, to proceed on a course preparatory to his promotion to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (SP).
He attributed the feat of arresting the killers to the policy of transformation sweeping across the police force, saying, “I assure you that we will continue to provide the right leadership and you will continue to see breakthroughs and successes in our efforts to rid the society of criminals.”