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Police insist Ex-SARS boss not sacked, but redeployed

Contrary to reports that Peter Gana, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), formerly in charge of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Lagos State Police Command, was sacked for inefficiency, the command has issued a statement to set the record straight. 

According to the statement by Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Elkana Bala,  Gana who served in the capacity as Officer in Charge of SARS in Lagos for two years, was redeployed to Kaduna, as part of police routine posting. 

Debunking the claims that Gana was incompetent to handle the affairs of the unit, Bala, said the redeployment of the CSP was  in line with the directive of the Inspector -General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu. 

The statement reads: “ CP Hakeem Odumosu commends the giant stride made by the outgone Officer in charge of SARS, CSP Peter Gana in confronting criminal elements in the State and his ability to firmly supervise and coordinate the activities of Officers and men under his control. CSP Gana is redeployed to Kaduna State by the Inspector General of Police for another assignment.

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“Lagos State Police Command has in the last six months witnessed a huge decrease in crime rate due to the strategies put in place by the seasoned crime fighting Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu. From November 2019 to date the Command has successfully foiled 136 armed robbery attempts and arrested 129 armed robbery suspects. 

“Forty-four firearms of different calibre with large caches of ammunition were recovered. 146 suspects were arrested for murder and 198 for cultism and gang violence. These were achieved through the efforts of dedicated and hardworking Police Officers mainly from the SARS and other tactical units of the Command.

“A new Officer has been put in charge of SARS in Lagos. The new Officer in Charge, CSP Kehinde Johnson, has been encouraged ‘to build on the successes recorded by his predecessor and to also bring his wealth of experience to bear in piloting the affairs of the Command’s Special Anti Robbery Squad. ”

The Nigerian Xpress reports that the new SARS boss, CSP Johnson has since assumed the new role