The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Aswani Division (Area ‘D’ Command), CSP Oyin Frances, has been conferred with a Doctorate Degree by an International institution for her outstanding contributions to the development of the society.
It was reported that CSP Oyin, as she is popularly known, was among the recipients of Doctor of Arts Honorary Award by the European American University Commonwealth of Dominican Africa Regional Operation.
The event took place last Saturday, at NECA House, Hakeem Balogun Way, Central Business District, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.
The Coordinator of the institution in Nigeria, Dr J.C.Egbuta, while giving the award, said that Oyin was found worthy in character and was recognized for her contributions to the economic, political and social welfare of the society.
Oyin may have been recognised internationally for her dedication and passion for humanity and commitment as a Senior Police Officer for her several contributions to save lives and property.
She is currently serving as the DPO, Aswani Police Division, under the Lagos State Police Command in Nigeria.
CSP Oyin is an intelligent officer born and raised in Warri, Delta State.
Oyin is a graduate of Sociology and holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Labour Relations both at Delta State University, Abraka.
She enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force as a cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police(ASP) in 2002.
She, like many others, was trained at the Police Academy, Wudil, Kano, before she was posted to Enugu State.
Speaking to the journalists at the venue, she said, “Nigeria Police is an organisation that should be appreciated rather than dishonoured.”
Oyin stressed that while the police is busy pursuing strategies to enhance operations for the safety and security of citizens, critics are busy looking for opportunities to condemn men and officers; stressing that if the people really understand the extent of sacrifice and risk that police do and face, they will appreciate them better.
Stating that policemen should be encouraged, Oyin said that in this pandemic alone, officers and men faces the greatest risks enforcing the laws, even when it had to do with dragging recalcitrant citizens who may be highly contagious.
She therefore pleaded with members of the public to give moral, spiritual and logistics support to policemen, knowing that they are vulnerable to all forms of danger.
Her honest submission is that the police are the most patriotic outfit in Nigeria. She believes that all officers and men should keep serving diligently and most patriotically.
She passed out in 2004 from the Academy and has also attended several courses and conferences both at home and abroad. She is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) as well as a member of the International Association of Women Police (IAWP).
She was a one-time Public Relations Officer (PRO) of POWA and presently the Social Secretary of POWA Lagos State Chapter. Oyin was also a one-time secretary to the famous Baptist Girls High School Agbor, Old Girls Association, Lagos State Chapter and presently their Security Adviser.
She has worked in various States and Departments of the Police Force. She was OC JWC, Uwani Division, Enugu, DCO Gwagwaruwa Division, Kano, AO Fillinhuki Division, Kano, DTO MAN Centre Division, DCO MAN Centre Division, AO Ikeja Division, DCO Ikeja Division, Acting DPO Ikeja Division, DPO MAN Center. She was 2ic Area West and Acting Commander Area West, Airport Police Command, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) of Isolo Okota Division and later moved to Ago Palace, Okota as DPO. She was transferred to Lion Building Area ‘A’ Command as 2ic Area Commander and later moved to Aswani Division, her present posting.
Oyin has won numerous awards as a Police Officer. Due to her kindheartedness, she was honoured with the title of Ezinne (Good Mother) by Catholic Women Organization (CWO), Our Lady of Fatima Cathedral, Kano in the year 2009. She was among the 50 recipients that got honoured by the Lagos State Government at the Lagos @50 Hall of Fame Awards as a Peace Ambassador. Other awards Oyin has received included: Best Media Friendly Police Officer of the Year Award by Rainbow Event Magazine, Most People Friendly Police Officer in Nigeria, courtesy of the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN), Most Outstanding Police Officer of the Year by MOPO as well as Pragmatic Leadership Awards by Zenith International Magazine among other awards.
CSP Oyin is passionate, smart and a lover of peace with a special gift in conflict resolution. Testimonies abound on how she had helped resolve disputes that would have ordinarily ended up in Court as an Alternative Dispute Resolution Officer. She has equally taken serious criminal cases and pursued them to logical conclusions and with that, her simplicity cannot be taken for granted. She is presently the Social Director – POWA; working with the wife of CP, Alhaja N.O. Odumosu, who is the Chairperson of POWA.
Recently, CSP Oyin Frances received International awards and chieftaincy title in faraway Ghana for her courage, passion and commitment to save life and serve humanity by singularly averting ethnic crises during 2019 election in Okota area of Lagos, when she was DPO Okota Division.
The International award for selfless service and chieftaincy title as Nne Udo Ndi Igbo na Ghana – meaning Mother of Peace, was significant because of the circumstances that led to the recognition.
CSP Oyin has received more than six awards in 2019 alone for her feats and professionalism which included Echo Nigeria International award of patriotism in the Federal Capital city, Abuja. Other awards included D Elite Award for outstanding DPO of the Year 2019, Most Outstanding DPO in Community Policing in 2019 by The New Experience Media organization and among others.
CSP Oyin has demonstrated professionalism and leadership in Police Public Relationship and recently shared palliatives to three communities during the Covid-19 lockdown, a unique gesture which has endeared her to the people in Lagos.
“My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place, police, fire fighters and members of our armed forces.”
It is particularly important to note that policing is very demanding, as their work demands that they be permanently on call. At the same time, the police force has had a bad name over the years because of a few rogue officers who have given new meaning to the saying; “one rotten egg spoils the entire pudding.” By their selfish acts, they have dented the image of the police and as fate would have it, the bad elements in the Force are easily noticed.
However, it would be dishonest to deny the existence of a good number of police officers who execute their duties with diligence and dedication bearing in mind Robert Peel’s saying that “the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only the members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interest of the community welfare and existence.”
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