30th March, 2012
The Minister of Police Affairs, Retd. Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade, has urged officers and men of the Nigeria Police to emulate the dedication and commitment of late DIG Haruna John.
Olubolade gave the advice on Thursday in Abuja at the police parade organised for John who died in a police surveillance helicopter that crashed in Jos on March 14.
The DIG’s orderly, the pilot and an engineer were also killed when it crashed into a house at Kabong on the outskirts of Jos.
The minister said: “If you look at the assignment he carried out, he was physically there. That means, he is really committed and I think we cannot have it better than that.
“Those in service should emulate him, particularly his dedication and commitment, and work hard to excel to make a name for themselves while in service.”
He described John as a professional who was loved and liked by the police personnel, urging those coming behind him to emulate him.
Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Muhammed Abubakar, who led march pass to pay last respect to late DIG, described John as a warrior who left indelible mark in the fight against men of the underworld.
Abubakar, represented by the DIG in charge of Administration, Mr. Suleiman Fakai, said John was “Mr. Operations who waxed stronger and became an indispensable force sought by many to proffer solution to difficult policing challenges.
“His exuberance and boisterous disposition early in the job stood him out. His name soon became synonymous with ‘Operations’ because of his dutiful and tenacious strength of character”.
He said John, as a Commissioner of Police, Anambra, Niger, FCT and Benue states as well as Federal Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja, recorded achievements in combating crimes.
“This present police administration while searching for Head of Operations, strong-willed and fire brand officer, the mantle fell on Haruna John due to his sterling quality.
“He soon settled down along with other men with force of character to bequeath police of Nigerians’ dream to our country.
“After a peace building trip to the city of Jos, death with surprise snatched our laurel away along with other three fine jewels.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a police ambulance bus with registration number, NPF 5060C conveying a decorated white casket containing the body of the late DIG arrived at the Force Headquarters at 10.40 a.m.
A team of senior police officers marched pass the casket from the bus to the venue of the funeral ceremony where Reverend Father Raphael Fagbohun prayed for the repose of the late DIG’s soul.
Present at the occasion were Chief Parry Osayande, the Chairman, Police Service Commission, Mr. Mike Okiro, former Inspector-General of Police, Justice Babatunde Adejumo, President, Industrial Court and Mr. Osita Chidoka, Corps Marshal, FRSC.