There was mild drama on Tuesday afternoon as the new Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, came to take over from Imohimi Edgal only to be told that the scheduled handover would no longer hold.
Edgal had been transferred from the Lagos State Police command to the Force Headquarters, Abuja, as the Commissioner of Police in charge of Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD).
A handover was scheduled for 3:00 pm and CP Egbetokun had stormed the command with his convoy and met Edgal who was prepared for the handing over.
It was gathered that as they were having a closed-door meeting, a phone call believed to be from the newly-decorated Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed Lafia, came in and directed that the handing and taking over should be cancelled till further notice.
Edgal, who briefed the press in company with Egbetokun, said: “Gentlemen of the press are you here for the handing over and taking over? Are you here because you love me or you are eager for me to leave? Well, there is a directive that the status quo should remain till further notice.”
Egbetokun, who came with his chair and other personal effect and his personal staff left the command. He only said: “We are government agents and we are always taking directives.”
As Edgal was leaving Abuja, to meet with the new IGP, Abubakar Mohammed Lafia, there was a gunshot salute.