For SP Sola Aremu the Commander of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Oyo State Police Command and Mr. Hamzat Ismail Kolawole, the Chairman Cool Global Interlinks Limited, Thursday July 27, 2017 was a day of honour. Both were recipients of the Happy People Magazine’s Media Merit Award.
Ajibola Oludotun said the event which was held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists’ Press Centre, Iyaganku, Ibadan, was put together “to appreciate people who have helped sustain the enabling environment we have. The awards are for people who truly deserve them”. Speaking further, he said “since the arrival of SP Aremu and some of his men, we have been enjoying peace. Ismail Kolawole has been supportive to the youth. He awards scholarships. We have to recognize them in order to encourage other people.
Various upcoming artistes including C Clef, B Bend and Ola Boy were on hand to add colour to the event with their performances.
While speaking about the SARS Commander, Mr. Kayode Ogun, the Manager of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Ibadan, described him as an officer and a gentleman. “He does his job with a lot of dignity. If every police officer works like him, we’ have a much better society”, he said. Inspector Joel Adeyemo, who spoke on behalf of the members of the Commander’s team described him as a “disciplinarian and an intelligent officer”.
In his acceptance speech, SP Aremu, who hails from Omu Aran, in Kwara State, expressed happiness that “people around us know the importance of security. Without your support, policing the state may be difficult but with the information you provide us, it becomes easier”. He thereafter dedicated the award to the Inspector General of Police, the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command and the people of Oyo State.
Aremu, an Accounting graduate of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology enlisted into the Nigerian Police Force on August 15, 2002 and was posted to Oyo State Police Command as a Cadet ASP on completion of his training at the Nigerian Police Academy Wudil, Kano. He also served with the United Nations in Sudan for three years.
He was appointed by IGP Ibrahim Idris as the Cmmander, SARS Oyo State Police Command in 2016.
Mr. Hamzat Ismail Kolawole on the other hand, who dedicated his award to his family, friends and everyone in attendance at the ceremony, bagged his HND in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the Polytechnic Ibadan.
Hamzat started his traveling firm Cool Global Interlinks Limited as a young graduate in 2007 and through it, he has helped thousands of people to actualize their dreams of traveling abroad. Apart from travels and scholarships, his company is a major supporter of sports; Cool Global Interlinks has the record of sponsoring the Oyo State FA Cup for three consecutive years.
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