Kwara command,others mourn Asadu

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BY DEMOLA AKINYEMI,ILORIN.
Kwara state police command, on Monday, was gloomy and pensive as a one-minute silence was observed in honour of the assassinated commissioner of police in the state, Chinwike Asadu, who was killed by gun men in his home town last Saturday night.

Members of the correspondents chapel of kwara NUJ yesterday also mourned with the police command over the assassination of Mr Chinwike Asadu.

The one minute silence was witnessed by commanders in the area formations of the command and other senior police personnel in the state.

Vanguard  reliably gathered at the police headquarters that said the late Asadu was in his hometown to take his wife to the ongoing Police Games festival in Port Harcourt because of the directive that they must attend with their wives.

At the police headquarters along Ahmadu Bello way,Vanguard also observed that the police flag beside the nation’s flag in the police headquarters, was flown at half mast.

Speaking with journalists, the Kwara state Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abdullahi Bube, said the police command had concluded arrangement to send a delegation that would be led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) to Amorji Nike, Enugu, the home town of the slain police boss, on Tuesday.

He also described the late CP as hard-working, dutiful and simple officer, saying one may not identify him as a Police commissioner until he was introduced as such.

The police public relations officer (PPRO) of the command, Femi Fabode, was not around to confirm in his office on Monday this as he was said to be attending the Police Games in Port Harcourt.

Meantime members of the correspondents chapel, Kwara state NUJ in a statement Monday on the development urged the Federal Government to take necessary action in ensuring that safety of lives and properties of Nigerians is guaranteed.

According to the statement issued by the Acting chairman,Mr Olayiwola Olanrewaju and Assistant Sectretary,Akinlolu Abayomi, “Security challenges facing the country is assuming dangerous dimensions and we implore the nation leaders and other well meaning Nigerians to unite in the ardent desire to foster the liberty, prosperity and happiness of our people because the longer the tension resultant from security challenges exists, the greater danger it becomes to the work of nation- building and rearing a peaceful and harmonious society to which we have all set our hands”.

The statement reads,” Members of the Correspondents Chapel of the Kwara State council of NUJ received with shock the news of the death of Mr. Chinwike Asadu who was until his death the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Kwara State police command.

“The news of his death was most shocking and astonishing. We are indeed deeply grieved and we identify with men of the state police command in this moment of grief.

“We urge the Federal Government to take necessary action in ensuring that safety of lives and properties of Nigerians is guaranteed.

Security challenges facing the country is assuming dangerous dimensions and we implore the nation leaders and other well meaning Nigerians to unite in the ardent desire to foster the liberty, prosperity and happiness of our people because the longer the tension resultant from security challenges exists, the greater danger it becomes to the work of nation- building and rearing a peaceful and harmonious society to which we have all set our hands.

“Furthermore, we appeal to Nigerians to stay away from violence in any form to ensure we do not disrupt what remains of peace and happiness of our people. We also urge the security agencies to ensure the perpetrators of this dastard act are fished out and brought to book to serve as deterrent to others.

“We pray that 2013 will bring to all Nigerians no matter his vocation, political affiliation or station in life, true freedom and happiness.

We express heartfelt and sincere condolences to the Government and people of Enugu and KwaraStates and the immediate family of the late Commissioner of Police Chinwike Asadu, may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace”.

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