IG Abubakar, Others Mourn Haruna John


The acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, has expressed sadness over the tragic death yesterday of the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, DIG John Haruna who was in charge of Ooperations, ‘B’ Department, Abuja.

Three other officers, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Garba Yalwa, a co-pilot, Alexander Pwolja, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, and an orderly to the DIG, Mr. Sonatian Shirunam, a Sergeant, lost their lives in the police helicopter which crashed into a house at Garga village near Jos, Plateau State.

In a chat with P.M.NEWS on phone this morning, Abubakar said: “What a big loss! Our own quintessential John Haruna in the Nigeria Police Force has gone. I have lost a trusted officer and a confidant.

“He died doing what he loved doing best. He was a disciplinarian and a humble officer.

“The tragic incident occurred on their way to find a solution to the Jos crises. I pray God Almighty to forgive all the deceased persons of their sins and put them among the good ones in heaven.”

IGP Abubakar, yesterday, led a delegation of police officers and the police service commission to commiserate with the deceased’s families.

Meanwhile, a condolence register has been opened at the Force Headquarters, Louis Edet House, Abuja.

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Among the early callers who signed the register is the Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswam.

The late DIG Haruna served last in Benue before he was elevated to the rank of DIG.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Captain Caleb Olubolade has also signed the register.

When P.M.NEWS visited the Lagos State Police Command headquarters and the Special Fraud Unit on Milverton Street, Ikoyi, a large number of policemen and officers who had worked with the late DIG Haruna wept profusely. They expressed their heartfelt sadness at the loss.

One of the police officers said amid tears: “I worked with the late DIG Haruna at FSARS, Adeniji Adele, Lagos Island. He was a nice officer, a detribalised Nigerian from Taraba State but married to a Yoruba woman.”

Another officer said: “He was accommodating, considerate and loving. He loved and encouraged people to mill around him. My former boss assisted me a lot when I had an issue with police authorities and without collecting a dime.”

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