High job for the prince

The Ogun State Police Command, Abeokuta, Zone II Command, Onikan, Lagos and Lagos State Command, Ikeja, Lagos are the marked stopovers on career trajectory of Olumuyiwa Adejobi, a Chief Superintendent of Police.

What the three formations have in common is Adejobi’s exceptional capacity as image maker, who held in harmony relationship between the commands, and public, especially the fourth estate of the realm, the media.

He is acclaimed to have been blessed with the gift of the garb while addressing periodic briefings where suspects are paraded before a battery of reporters. His articulate presentation of facts and figures with finesse is said to have made task of crime reporters a tea party in newsroom where they knock their reports for onward publication.

This niche may have accounted for the merit award, which the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN) conferred on him as the police spokesman of the year.

And since February 12, 2022, when the Nigeria Police authorities in Abuja made public news of Adejobi’s appointment as the acting Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), he seems to have returned to the limelight where he had taken a break after his August 2021 redeployment to the force headquarters, Abuja as deputy to Frank Mba, a Commissioner of Police, who had been the police mouthpiece from the days of Inspector General of Police, MD Abubakar.

A released signed by an Administrative Officer in the Force Public Relations Department, Benjamen Hudeyin, a Superintendent of Police, removed all veils from speculations that Adejobi had been posted to Abuja to understudy Mba with a view to succeeding him ultimately.

Headlined, ‘CP Frank Mba hands over to deputy as he proceeds on course at NIPSS’, the statement partly read, “This change of baton follows CP Mba’s nomination by the Inspector-General of Police for the Senior Executive Course at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos.

Social media, particularly Adejobi’s facebook wall, has been soaked with flood of congratulatory messages from family members, colleagues, friends and public spirited individuals, many of whom had evidently followed his career trajectory as a proactive image maker of the police with a distinct record of exploits.

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Aside individual wishes, the Osun State Government on February 14 issued a statement wherein Adejobi’s professionalism and dedication to duties were commended.

Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode, who signed the statement, described the appointment as deserving and a reward for loyalty, sacrifice and dedication to the service of the nation.

Egbemode said, “The government and good people of the State of Osun heartily congratulate a worthy son of our dear State, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on his appointment as the new Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Police Force by the Inspector-General of Police.

“CSP Adejobi is a core professional and an experienced Public Relations Officer who has served as the PPRO in Ogun State Command, Zone 2 Headquarters Onikan, and Lagos State Police Command.

“Being the spokesman of the Nigerian Police Force is a delicate national assignment but we have no doubt that CSP Adejobi will bring his wealth of experience, knowledge and image management acumen garnered over the years to bear on his responsibilities, and make Osun and Nigeria proud.”

The Tabloid.net gathered that the rising profile of Adejobi was not a happenstance given his background as a son of teacher father who later ascended the throne as the Olowu of Orile Owu, Oba Moses Olayioye Adedosu Adejobi (Afelele II). Born in the 70s, the FPRO was also blessed with a teacher mother who gave him early exposure to education and sense of organization among his peers by attending e Baptist Primary School Orile Owu, and Orile Owu Grammar School, Orile-Owu, where he obtained his Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).

Olumuyiwa later proceeded to the University of Ibadan and bagged a Bachelor of Science in Archaeology and Geography (Combined Honours) in 2001.

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He observed his youths service scheme in Anambra State where he was eventually appointed as the Corps Liaison Officer (CLO) in Nnewi North Local Government, after which he returned to his Alma mater and obtained his Masters’ Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Institute of African Studies.

During the programme, he acquired the major prerequisite of being a seasoned police officer and competent conflict manager in contemporary society.

After his Masters’ Degree, he was enlisted as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police and sent to the Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil, Kano State, for his 18-month training before his commissioning as an ASP.

Prince Adejobi has been a competent Police Officer in the Nigeria Police Force, holding offices including the parade commander, ceremonial parades, Ogun State (2006-2010), the Operations Officer, Officer-In-Charge, Anti Bank Robbery and Anti Pipeline Vandalization Sagamu Division (2006-2008),Administration Officer, Department of Operations, Police Headquarters, Ogun State (May-Dec 2008),the Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Command (2008-2016),the Police Public Relations Officer, Zone 2 Command Headquarters, Onikan Lagos State (Aug-Dec 2016), the Operations Officer, Department of Operations, Lagos State Command Ikeja (2017), the Directing Staff, Police College Ikeja (2018), the Personal Assistant to The Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Department of Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja (Jan 2019-Aug 2020).

“By virtue of his position as the PA to DIG Operations, Force Headquarters Abuja, he has been the secretary to many committees in Nigeria and abroad. He was the Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command, Ikeja, Lagos from 2020-2021. He is presently Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Office of the Inspector-General of Police, Force Headquarters, Abuja,” a statement revealed.

Also to his credit are the following professional certificates: Conflict Handling Styles UI Ibadan, Mandatory Development Course by the Nigerian Institute of public Relations, Leadership Training by Pointman Leadership Institute, USA, Public Relations Strategies, USA, Public Relations and Effective Policing of Nigeria, Police Mobile Force Armed and Unarmed combats in Gwoza Camp Maiduguri, Citizenship and Leadership Skills, Shere Hills Jos, Nigeria, Efficiency Skills for Law Enforcers Worldwide by International Association of Chiefs of Police, Philadelphia USA October, 2013, Management of Scene of Crime (Forensic) by GIZ (Germany), 2021, PhD Student and Researcher at the Department of Peace, Security and Humanitarian Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Honorary Doctorate Degree Award in Peace and Security Management (Honoris Causa) from Prowess University, Delaware, United States of America.

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In additional to that, he is a member of professional bodies/associations such as Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, International Public Relations Association, Pointman Leadership Institute, USA, Institute of Corporate Administrators, International Association of Chiefs of Police USA, Boys Brigade of Nigeria, Ikeja Club, Lagos State, Police College Tennis Club, Ikeja, Galaxy Amity Club, Orile-Owu,

“Prince Oladunmoye has travelled wide and near to bag series of Awards including the Best Police Public Relations Officer in Nigeria by Security Watch Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, November 2013; the Best Police Public Relations Officer in West Africa by Security Watch Africa, Dubai, UAE, 2014; Most Outstanding Information; Public Relations Officer in West Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, November 2016; award from Voice of Ayekooto Reporter, 2022; Award of Recognition by PCRC Ogun,  2021; Award by PCRC, Southwest, 2021; and Award by the Anglican Communion Ibadan Diocese, Ibadan,  2021 amongst others.”

He has, over the years, bagged more than 200 awards, locally and internationally, in the course of his official duties and social engagements.

Adejobi “is an epitome of princehood, cultural dynamism, moral values and African traditional evangelism, who thrives to uphold equity, justice and fairness in all areas of life. Muyiwa’s hobbies include Driving, Singing, Tourism and Playing Lawn Tennis. He is married to Olori Olukemi Adejobi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, with lovable Children.”

 

 

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