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Published On: Mon, Feb 10th, 2014

When IGP Honours FESTAC Police Boss, Dan Okoro with Merit Gold Medal Award

FESTAC Police Boss, ACP Dan Okoro (l) receiving 24 gold karat award from Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr Mohammed Abubakar

Just recently, Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar bestowed FESTAC Police Boss, Daniel Okoro with a 24 karat merit gold award for his excellent performance in Nigeria police and dexterity in crime bursting. Publisher/Editor of Urhobotoday Oghenkevwe Laba assess the value of the award on the hard fighting police officer and concludes that he deserves every bits of honours that has been bestowed on him as a police officer
Despite having received so many honours and award due to his credible performance in Nigeria Police, Area ‘E’ Police Commander, ACP Dan Okoro was on Friday honoured with 24 karat merit gold award by Nigerian Inspector General Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar at Nigerian Police College, Ikeja, Lagos.
Before this award, Okoro who had excelled as an intelligent police officer and a crime a fighter without comparism in the police force was also honoured recently by President Goodluck Jonathan for soaring so high above his contemporaries in investigations, discipline and dedications. His hand shake with the number one citizen which worths a billion dollars began when he rejected a whopping bribe sum of N15 million purportedly offered to him by one of the suspects in the celebrated murder of Cynthia Osukogu, the only daughter of a retired Army General via a face book relationship. He made the Nigeri,nay African police proud in the commity of nations by his singular act of rejecting the mouth watering offer and busting the clueless murder with dexterity.
Beside the aforementioned honours, Okoro’s adroitness and sensitivity in dealing with difficult issues have earned him numerous accolades and honours from the admiring public, locally and internationally.
For example, he clinched the IGP Coomasie Award for Brilliant Investigation and Courage years back. He received an award from Chairman National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) late Gen. Musa Bamaiyi for dedication and tact.
He was honoured for policing with courage from Aviation Services of Nigeria as well as an award for Intelligence from DASS Airline, Nigeria.
He was also honoured with invitation by the United States Government to attend and deliver lecture in the Republic of Botswana during an international course on Small Arms, Drugs and Tobacco.
The various award bestowed on Okoro has to do with his excellent performance in professionally executing his duty as a police officer.
In 1999, Okoro personally arrested late Corporate Fode Sanko, the leader of the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) of Sierra-Leone at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. During the civil war in Sierra Leone in the 1990s, Sanko was the man that presided over the mass killing and maiming of thousands of people in his country, including Nigerians. He had to be arrested because he was a high profile security risk at the time.
In that same year, Okoro led a team that arrested a gang of robbers who invaded the Accounts Department of the National Aviation Handling Company of Nigeria (NAHCO) at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, and carted away over N15 million cash and vital documents.
In the same year, he also arrested criminals who stole from the Aircraft Conveyor Belt in the sum of $350,000 (three hundred and fifty thousand dollars) belonging to Cameroun Airlines.
As Chief Human Rights Investigator in Bosnia in 2000, ACP Okoro’s activities resulted in rolling back lawlessness and impunity and in advancement of justice in cases of human rights abuses, for which the United Nations and the Bosnia authorities commended him.
In 2005, Okoro was the head of a police team that arrested fraudsters that stole a shipload of rice belonging to a transport company in the country.
The most recent of his landmark achievements is the arrest in August 2012, of Internet fraudsters who murdered one Cynthia Osokogu, a postgraduate student of Nasarawa State University and daughter of a retired Major General in the Nigerian Army.
In his professional carrier so far, he has been privileged to work and build a bond of friendship with his superiors, especially the present IGP Abubakar, whom he described as his mentor and teacher in the Nigeria Police Force.
Okoro became a police officer by choice because of what he called his natural flair and love for the profession. His academic and professional pedigree is noteworthy. He is a graduate of the prestigious University of Lagos, Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso and the Imo State University, Owerri, where he earned a degree in Law (LLB), a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration, respectively.
Besides, the astute officer is also a Chartered Local Government and Public Administrator. Prior to his Bachelor’s degree in Law, he had obtained a Diploma in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Lagos.
After his enlistment and training as a Cadet Inspector, Okoro was sent to the Mobile Police Training School, Gwoza, Borno State for special training. He has also been privileged to undertake professional training courses outside Nigeria.
For instance, he was at the Prestigious Egyptian Police Academy and at the Israeli Intelligence Agency, Mossad, Israel for Intelligence and security training.
In the course of his peacekeeping mission in the former Yugoslavia Republics of Bosnia and Herzegovina, he undertook courses in which he bagged two Diploma Certificates in Criminology and Human Rights from the United Nations (UN) in New York and became the UN Chief Human Rights Investigator in Bosnia during the peacekeeping mission in the Balkans.
In his bid to be abreast with contemporary policing and crime sophistication, especially in the area of cyber crime, Dan Okoro undertook a forensic course and training in cyber crimes and investigation.
He was also chosen by the United States government to attend a course on Small Arms, Drugs and Tobacco in the Republic of Botswana in which he was also one of the resource persons who delivered lectures at the place.
ACP Okoro has been privileged to hold several leadership positions at various times in the Nigeria Police. He was Officer in Charge Decoy and Anti-Robbery Squad, Area ‘H’ Police Command, Ogudu, Lagos State.
He was officer in charge of Monitoring and Intelligence Unit, Airport Police Command, Lagos, Chairman Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) Offences cum Protocol Officer, Airport Police Command, officer in charge Monitoring Unit, Sea Ports Police Command, Lagos and officer in charge General Investigation and X-Squad, Anambra State Police Command, Awka.
He was also the Officer in charge of Monitoring and Intelligence Unit, Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, Lagos, officer in charge of Inspector-General’s Monitoring unit, Southern Zone, Lagos, officer in charge of Monitoring Unit, Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Nigeria Police, Ikoyi, Lagos and Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the Inspector General of Police Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar in Abuja before he was appointed the Area Commander, Area ‘E’, Festac, Lagos where he superintends the affairs of over nine Divisional Police Headquarters.
Okoro has also held several command and administrative positions including United Nations Chief Human Rights Investigator, Bosnia, Staff officer, Force Secretary, Nigeria Police Force Headquarters, Lagos, Divisional Police officer (DPO) Tin Can Island Port, Lagos, DPO Kirikiri Lighter Terminal, Lagos and DPO Warri Port, Warri, Delta State.

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