The Nigeria Police Force headed by Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has appointed Assistant Inspector General of Police, Frederick Taiwo Lakanu, as the new Force Secretary and member of the Nigeria Police Force Management Team.
In a statement released by the police and signed by the Force Police Public Relations Officer, DCP Jimoh Moshood, the appointment takes immediate effect. The new Force Secretary takes over from AIG Abdul Bube, who retired from the Force on December 31, 2018, after 35 years in service.
The statement reads in part: “He (Lakanu) served in various capacities in the Force as AIG Federal Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja, Commissioner of Police in Imo and Ekiti States, Commissioner of Police Airport Command, Lagos, Principal Staff Officer to the IGP (Force Headquarters Annex, Lagos, among others.
“Until his recent appointment, he was the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 7 Headquarters, Abuja comprising the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Niger and Kaduna States. He has since assumed duty as the Force Secretary, Nigeria Police Force.”
Meanwhile, AIG Godwin Nwobodo has assumed the office of the new head at the Zone 7 Command, comprising Kaduna, Niger and the Federal Capital Territory.
Until his new appointment, Nwobodo was in charge of the Nigeria Police Border Patrol Force.
Born on August 12, 1959, to the family of Mr. & Mrs. Samuel and Margret Nwobodo of Aninri Local Government Area, Enugu State, he completed his primary school education at Alafia Institute (Free Section) Mokola Ibadan, Oyo State in 1973 and obtained his WASC and HSC at Olivet Baptist High School, Olivet Heights Oyo in 1978 and 1980 respectively.
He earned a B.Sc (Honours) degree in Biochemistry in 1983 from UI and participated in NYSC scheme in 1984 in Ondo State and later joined the Nigerian Police Force with effect from 31 Dec 1984. AIG G. C Nwobodo also holds an LL.B, BL (Law), M. Sc in Legal Criminology and Security Psychology as well as MSS (Masters Strategic Studies) both from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan.
He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK (Nigerian Branch), the Nigerian Bar Association, Nigerian Institute of Management, the Society for Peace Studies and Practice as well as a fellow of the prestigious National Defence College, Nigeria. He is a member of the Air Assault and Ikeja Golf Clubs.
AIG Nwobodo was the CP (Courses) at the Nigeria Police Academy, Kano, before his recent promotion to the rank of AIGP (Assistant Inspector-General of Police) and his initial deployment to the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Kuru near Jos. He had served earlier in a number of Commands and Departments of the Nigeria Police Force from 1986. He was equally in the Nigerian contingents to the United Nations Peace Missions in Kosovo and Haiti.
AIG Godwin Chijioke Nwobodo has attended several courses both within and outside Nigeria. Among them are Strategic Leadership and Command Course, and Advanced Detective Course both at the Nigeria Police Staff College, Jos, Unit Commanders Orientation Course and Training in Combat/Operations at Police Mobile Force Training College, Gwoza Borno State Nigeria, Police Administration and Management Course II, Nigerian Army School of Military Police, Basawa, Zaria Kaduna State and the Higher Defence and Strategic Studies Course at the National Defence College, Nigeria.
His M Sc. Strategic Studies dissertation on the “Nigeria Police Force in the Criminal Justice System and National Security” was recently approved leading to the award of the MSS degree of the prestigious University of Ibadan, Ibadan.
AIG Nwobodo is married and blessed with two children. He loves travelling, golfing and badminton.