Mr. Cornelius Kayode Aderanti, the new Lagos police boss, assumed duty today. The new Commissioner of Police took over from Mr. Umar Manko, who was elevated as Assistant Inspector-General of Police, in charge of Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos State. The handing over witnessed by Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers in the state, held at the Lagos Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos. In his acceptance speech, Aderanti thanked his predecessor for the great work he had done in the state, while promising that to build on the lofty legacies of his predecessors. He said “I will intensify the fight against crimes and criminality in the state.” The new CP noted that Lagos being the Centre of Excellence and the commercial nerve centre of the nation, promised to put in his best in the maintenance of peace and in the security of life and property. Prior to his new posting, he was the Commissioner in charge of the Western Ports Police Command. He had served as the Police Director of Peace Keeping Operations. As a diplomat, he was Deputy Defense Adviser (Police), permanent mission of Nigeria to the United Nations between July, 2002 and July, 2008. In addition to his substantive position, he has also undertaken the following related activities. Member of the UN Special Committee on peacekeeping operation (C.34) from 2003 – 2008, to undertake annual comprehensive review of questions relating to all peacekeeping operations in co-coordinating with Police contributing countries(PCC) and troop contributing countries (TCC). Member of International Police Advisory council (IPAC). Born on 26th June, 1960 at Odo-Otin, in the present Osun State; he obtained his Senior Secondary Education Certificate at Offa Grammar School in 1977. He was in Kwara State College of Technology between 1977 and 1979, where he obtained Certificate of Basic Studies (GCE ‘Advance Level’). He graduated from the Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1982.