By Abubakar Imam
With Mr. Garuba Salman Dogo, the Pakata Community has produced its first Police Commissioner. The Police Service Commission announced on March 28, 2023 that Mr. Garba Salman Dogo, our son, brother, and friend, had been elevated to the position of Commissioner of Police.
The late Alhaji Salman Dogo of Onikanhun Compound, Pakata, Ilorin, was the father of CP Dogo. As the founding chairman of the Pakata Area Development Association (PADA), his father was a businessman, Aso-Oke mogul, transporter, and community leader.Additionally a politician, his father was a former leader of the Ilorin Talaka Parapo.
He was the second Honourable Councillor created by Pakata, and his passing was brought on by an injury he had in an accident while dropping off his kids at various schools in the then-current Kogi State. I pray that Allah would continue to overlook his flaws and provide him Aljanat fridaouz.
The new police commissioner therefore became one of the about twelve natives of the Ilorin Emirate who would enjoy this distinction and the first native of Pakata to achieve the lofty post in the Nigeria Police.
The most senior officer produced by Pakata prior to his emergence as a notable and front-line police officer was the late Mallam Ambali Elelu of Ile Gbalasa, who retired in 1990 as an Assistant Commissioner of Police, a few years before our new CP joined the force.
A friendly, giving, helpful, and determined officer and gentleman, CP Dogo is known at home and among his peers throughout Pakata as either Alfa Olopa or Alfa Onikanhun. He attained his current position through hard work, devotion to his duties, and faith in the unquestionable power of the Almighty Allah.
In addition to being the first CP from Pakata, Salma Dogo, a former Ag. College Librarian at the Kwara State College of Education in Ilorin, is also the first CP from the Balogun Alanamu constituency and the third from the current Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara State.
May Allah favor CP Dogo’s new status and bestow upon him good health and more wisdom so that he might succeed in his next desired appointment.
Imam is National Secretary, IEDPU, and Secretary, “Pakata Patriots”, Ilorin.