My Regret As Police Officer —Oloyede


If there is anyone who is very passionate about policing job, it is DSP Mutairu Akinade Oloyede. He so loved the job that even when his father, the late Olubadan Of Ibadan, Oba Oloyede Asanike, cursed him for daring to join the police he did not bother.  Oloyede, a Deputy Superintendent of Police and a prince who is presently the Divisional Crime Officer at Alausa Division, Ikeja, enlisted in the Nigerian Police Force in 1988 as a constable. The day he returned from Police College, he trekked from Molete to Oke-Ado. Even when people offered to give him a ride, he refused because he wanted to show off.

According to him, he was disappointed when he got home with happiness only to be cursed by his father who ordered him to go back with the black uniform or he would disown him, a threat he said did not deter him.

Oloyede who said he has spent 34 years in the force, has served in Oyo, Kaduna, Warri and Lagos.

He said one of his daughters is presently a cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police on peace keeping mission outside the country.

“My only regret today is that my father did not live to see me attain this level as a police officer because when he was about to die he prayed for me,” he said, adding that his joyful moment was when he got a handshake with a commissioner of police for arresting the ring leader of an armed gang called Yellow.

DSP Oloyede spoke glowingly of the present Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, describing him as a man of God who listens to people’s complaints. He added that with the new police boss at the helm of police affairs, there will be discipline in the force and officers and men’s welfare would be taken care off.

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