Aftermath of the excellent performance in investigating and arresting the killers of Cynthia Osokogu, the only daughter of Retired Major General Osokogu who was killed at a Lagos hotel this year, seven Police officers who performed the feat, were yesterday awarded the ‘NOA Civic Recognition Award’ by the National Orientation Agency.
The seven officers are ACP Damien Okoro, the Area Commander ‘Festac’, DSP Imoh Gregory, Woman ASP Mariam Ogunmolasuyi, ASP Agbaje Yakubu, Inspector Edo Joseph, Woman Sergeant Patience Biokoro and Sergeant Frank Okorobon all of Area ‘E’ Festac, Lagos.
According to the DG, 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 being recognized and encouraged.
“A lot of people are quick to say that Nigerians are bad when something goes wrong but when good things are done or patriotic feats are achieved, nobody bothers to say well done or thank you.
“The whole nation was gripped with anger, fear and rage when this ugly, unfortunate incident occurred. These patriotic officers stuck out their necks to unravel the mystery. What you did restored Nigeria to the rest of the civilized world. You also restored some sort of succour to the family by arresting those that committed the dastardly act. We also thank the IGP for providing the enabling environment for you to do the job.
“When people are making such efforts, you must tell them they are doing well. It is for this reason we are recognizing you”. 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.
Attributing the feat of arresting the killers to the policy of transformation sweeping across the Police Force, the IG said, “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”.