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Cynthia Osokogu’s murder: NOA to honour 7 police officers
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has said it would reward the seven police officers who were the brains behind the apprehension of the suspected killers of Cynthia Osokogu in Lagos recently.
The Director-General of NOA, Mr. Mike Omeri, made this known yesterday in Abuja, the nation’s capital that NOA’s decision to honour the police officers was part of its drive to discourage redundancy and unprofessionalism in public offices.
According to him, the seven officers would be honoured with the Citizens’ Responsibility Recognition (CRR) in an epoch-making ceremony, which would be presided over by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
Chief Press Secretary to the DG, Mr. Paul Odenyi said in a statement said, “NOA will soon confer the award on seven policemen for their dedication and professional competence displayed in their speedy investigation of the circumstances surrounding the death of Cynthia Osokogu.”
Omeri while lauding the officers for the efficient manner in which they investigated the gruesome murder of the daughter of Retired Major General Frank Osokogu, called on other police officers to emulate them.
He said, “The police personnel who are drawn from the Area ‘E’ Command of the police in Lagos include a Deputy Superintendent of police, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, two Assistant Superintendents of Police, and three other junior personnel.
“We at NOA have insisted on a re-evaluation and restructuring of the system of awards in this country. Those who truly distinguish themselves in their chosen fields of endeavour should be given recognition as against the former practice of giving honour to individuals of questionable character. We will recognise these officers as good examples of excellence in service, diligence in duty and commitment to our collective war against crimes as a people”.
The agency boss said the handling of the Cynthia Osokogu gruesome murder case showed that the agency’s efforts at value re-orientation in the society was beginning to restore sanity back to the system.
The late Osukogwu, a postgraduate student of Nasarawa State University was recently killed by her Facebook lovers at a hotel in Festac town, Lagos.