By Suraju Raji
The 28th Edition of the annual lecture/Awards of crime reporters association (CRAN) was marked with pump and pageantry at Sheraton Hotel in Lagos on Thursday.
It was an event when good and meritorious services were rewarded with plaques of Honour. The occasion was graced by top government official from the police force, immigration and customs and technocrats.
Speaking at the occasion, the CRAN President, Sunday Odita, remarked that the Award is not to exploit people for money but it was meant to recognize distinguished services.
He noted that some awardees like a LASMA official, is an example to prove that the awards are not for commercial purpose but for recognition of meritorious services.
Among the awardees was deputy commissioner of Police Olatunji Disu who is the Commander of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in Lagos, DCP Disu bagged the award for his distinguished services in prevention of crime in the most populous state of Nigeria Lagos. However, it is on record that the protesters did not protest for the ban of Rapid Response Squad head by DCP Disu, because of the efficiency of the squad in policing.
Protesters appreciated the good performance of the RRS, Deputy Commissioner Disu is an officer with intimidating track record. He was directing staff at the Nigeria Police Academy Kano, he was ADC to an Executive Governor, he led police contingent into Darfur, Sudan etc.
Also bagging CRAN Award is the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, Hakeem Odumosu is a well read police with M.sc in peace studies and conflict resolution, LLB (Law) and other police courses to his credit.
The man, the great man and Lagos State Police boss, Hakeem Odumosu bagged the Award of Excellence Service as commissioner of Lagos State Command.
In addition the former police spokesman CSP Chike Oti bagged the award of Cop per excellence. He was the police public relations officer for Lagos state police command.
Also is a journalist friendly police, Deputy Commissioner of Police Bode Ojajuni. He was honoured with outstanding African Nations Builder’s gold Award in Accra Ghana in 2007. He has many times won CRAN award. ACP Ojajuni has attended many police courses both in Nigeria and abroad.
He has served as squadron commander in Police Mobile Force in different towns in Nigeria. And has Master’s degree in International Relations.