..’He’s a true professional’
Senator Magnus Ngei Abe and Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, have mourned the demise of the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Francis Odesanya, who died in India after a brief illness. In a statement issued in Port Harcourt and signed by his spokesperson, Mr. Parry Saroh Benson, Abe said he was shocked to learn about the death of the fine and gallant police officer, who was the immediate serving commissioner in the state.
Senator Abe who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), said the late commissioner was a true professional who carried out his duties with sense of responsibility, commitment and diligence.
He regretted that late Mr. Odesanya could die at this critical period of our national life, when his professional service, competence and capabilities were needed in containing threats to national security and ensuring crime free society.
Senator Abe described the late commissioner as a patriot, who was principled, dogged and brave in fighting crime, pointing out that the people of the state would miss his efforts dearly.
He condoled with the family of the bereaved for the loss of their bread winner as well as the government and people of Ogun State.
The former Secretary to Rivers State Government prayed that God would give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and on behalf of the people of Rivers South East Senatorial District, expressed commiseration on the death of the Police Chief.
In his reaction, the NIMASA DG, Dr. Peterside, described the death of Francis Odesanya as “shocking” and coming at a time when the state and Nigeria needed his professional competence and managerial capability.
Peterside stated that the demise of CP Odesanya has robbed the nation of a fine officer and gentleman, who rose through the ranks before being posted to Rivers State to help curtail the activities of criminal elements.
“Indeed, our state and the entire nation have lost a fine officer and gentleman who weathered it through the ranks to the position he held before his death. His loss becomes more painful considering his efforts at checkmating the dangerous activities of criminals in Rivers State,” Peterside bemoaned.
He sympathized with the Inspector-General of Police and Police Service Commission over the unfortunate loss, saying it was indeed a big loss to the Nigeria Police.
“This is indeed a sad one to the Police, Rivers State and Nigeria. He has contributed to the corporate existence of Nigeria and fought several criminal elements in the society to ensure that we are able to move around freely and go about our normal duties.
“For the few months he has been in Rivers State, he showed the attributes of a good leader, who is ready to lead from the front and provide direction for the rank and file,” Peterside stated.
The NIMASA boss prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed, just as he wished his family God’s guidance and grace as they mourn the demise of their illustrious son.