The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, who was on a familiarisation visit to the Adamawa Police Command has sympathised with officers and men over the recent killing of an Inspector by soldiers.
The sad event happened when the deceased (Jacob Daniel) was on duty at the quarter guard and was shot death by some soldiers over the arrest of their colleague by the state police command.
The IGP described the attack as barbaric and uncalled for and a reminiscent of Boko Haram invasion of police facilities in the past.
“I am in your midst today to share the grief that you have; I was told Inspector Jacob was an excellent officer who was committed to his duty and trusted by both his subordinates and his superiors,” he said.
He promised not to leave any stone unturned as investigations are on going with the assurance that such event will never repeat itself.
While stressing that the headquarters would support the family of the deceased officer and take measures to ensure that the incident was not repeated.
He called on the police officers not to be demoralised by the incident, and go about their normal joint operations with the army and other security agencies in the interest of the country.
While stating his vision and mission, Egbetokum said his vision was to have a well-equipped police force and to double its manpower for the effective policing of the country.
Urging the police officers nationwide to embibe positive attitude to work and shun all evil vices that could dent the image of the police force, also for effective service delivery to earn the trust of Nigerians.
“I have come to tell you that together we are going to change the policing narrative of this country,” he added.
The IGP assured that President Bola Tinubu was passionate about improving the welfare of police personnel in the country.
Earlier on his visit to the governor, the IGP appreciate Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for his support and prompt intervention over the attack launched on the command, making sure that it didn’t escalate and restoring the peace in the state.
IGP also thanked the governor for continued support to the Adamawa State command and also for giving the people of Adamawa State the dividends of democracy.
“As the IGP, my mission is placed on professional competent service delivery, to support the agenda of government in both economic, politics, agriculture through effective policing.”
Stressing that the joint operations between the military and police will continue to succeed, he added that they shouldn’t see themselves as enemies.
In his remarks, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Babatola Afolabi, said the incident was a big dent on the peace of the state.
He further said that the command has made serious efforts in taming the activities of Shilla boys’ criminal gangs, kidnapping, homicide, rape and other heinous crimes in the state.
He urged the IGP to deploy Armoured Personnel Carriers, gun trucks and Hilux vehicles to enhance the efforts of the command to ensure peace and security across the state.
“The Nigeria Police Force, being the lead agency in internal security, has played its part in making sure that the state is safe, secured and conducive for both economic and social activities,” he said.
There were donations of foodstuff and cash of N100,000 by the Police Community Relations Committee to the deceased Inspector’s family while hunters association also donated two cows to the family.