Seven police officers have been honoured for their role in the arrest of the suspected killers of Cynthia Osokogu, who was killed by social media friends in a Lagos hotel.
The officers who were attached to Area ‘E’ Police Command in Festac, Lagos, were on Friday, honoured by the National Orientation Agency (NOA).
The Area Commander was also among those who received the honour.
The ?NOA Civic Recognition Award? was to recognise the officers for “sticking out their necks to necks to unravel the mystery.”
The officers are: ACP Damien Okoro, the Area Commander; DSP Imoh Gregory; ASP Mariam Ogunmolasuyi; ASP Agbaje Yakubu; Inspector Edo Joseph; Sergeant Patience Biokoro; and Sergeant Frank Okorobon, all of Area ?E? Festac Command.
Mike Omeri, Director General of the Agency, said the award was initiated to recognise and honour deserving Nigerians who have contributed to the growth of the nation in their little ways.
He said that the efforts many citizens make daily to uplift the nation do not get recognised, adding that the officers’ commitment and zeal to crack Cynthia’s murder in the shortest possible time have restored the image of the police.
?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,” he said.
“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.”
In his reaction, Mohammed Abubakar, Inspector General of Police, commended the Agency for the award, which he described as a morale booster for police officers in the country.
Abubakar said the country’s police force was undergoing transformation, while assuring that its officers were committed to fighting crime and insecurity in the country.
?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,” he said.
Meanwhile, four suspects have already been arraigned at the Yaba Magistrates’ Court for charges including assault, robbery and murder.