BY KINGSLEY OMONOBI
Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ogbonna Okechukwu Onovo yesterday took over the mantle of leadership of the police force from his predecessor, Mike Okiro with a pledge that the confidence President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua and the entire country reposed in him will not be regretted.
â€œI want to assure that with the confidence you have placed in me, I will never disappoint you, you will never regret itâ€, he told officers, ranks and file of the force who gathered to witness the handing over and taking over ceremony at force headquarters, Abuja.
An elated Onovo told the gathering that included DIGs, AIGs and CPs, â€œToday, I want to say to God be the glory. I thank every one of you here from the bottom of my heart. Your support over the years has been overwhelming. Today is a great day in my life.
â€œI want to assure Mr. President that the confidence he reposed in me by this appointment is not misplaced and that I will not disappoint him. I am overwhelmed and I thank you all for everythingâ€.
Onovo promised that he would continue from where his predecessor, Okiro stopped, pointing out that â€œwe will ensure we have a stable and secure society with crime brought down to the barest minimum by initiating new crime fighting strategies and employing our greatest assets, manpower through well motivated measures.â€
He then congratulated Mr. Okiro for bowing out with loud ovation saying â€œI want to use this opportunity to once again thank our IG for his wonderful leadership style that brought unity and togetherness and promise him I would sustain the tempo.
Okiro on his part said, â€œYesterday when I addressed the officers, I pledged to render the same assistance I got to whoever the next IG would be. I am happy the mantle fell on Onovo. So please give the same assistance you gave me to him because if he succeeds, we all succeedâ€.
â€œOnovo was my squad mate when we joined the police. We got promoted DIG together, we are friends and there was no decision I took without consulting him. In terms of strategy, we are in the same boat. I want you to keep the flag flying.
Onovo knows what I have been doing to improve welfare of officers and men and he will continue.
â€œI want you to know that I am still part and parcel of the Nigeria Police force. The police is my primary constituency, it is my family, it is my life. When I die, I want to be buried as a policemanâ€.
Continuing Okiro said, â€œ Nigeria is one nation first and foremost. Where you comer from should not matter as policemen. You should give maximum support to your countryâ€.
â€œI will come to force headquarters even after retirement from time to time to see you, chat with you in the office. I have no fear, I have no enemy.
If you want to see me, there are four places to look for me. I will either be in my office (chambers), my house, my church or at force headquarters because the only friends I know, whom I have shared the good and bad parts of my life with are the policeâ€.