BY KINGSLEY OMONOBI
Deputy Inspector-General of Police, DIG, in charge of Training, Marvel Akpoyibo and his counterpart in Operations, Philemon Leha, were, yesterday retired, and pulled out of service.
At a colourful pulling out ceremony at Force headquarters parade ground in Abuja, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, said the officers served the Police Force and nation with impeccable records, adding that explained the reason they rose to the second highest position in the Force.
He said: “Today (yesterday), it is fitting that we honour these outstanding DIG’s whose lives have been a profound inspiration to all of us. Their brilliant contributions have accounted for the success of the present transformation of the police force.
“One thing that stands common among the two retiring DIG’s is that they were strongly dedicated to the nation and the call of duty with a rare gift of superior command abilities. It can also be safely stated here that both of them have the special skill for inspiring the officers and men under them.”
While congratulating DIG’s Akpoyibo and Leha for their great ideas and excellent service rendered to the nation, Abubakar said he was proud to have worked with them to ensure the success of the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan to actualise the ideals of the current administration of the Police force.
In his valedictory speech, DIG Akpoyibo gave thanks to God Almighty for making it possible for him and his colleague to witness the day, noting that many of their colleagues with whom they joined the force as well as many who joined after them, did not live to fulfil their dreams in the force.
To the IG, Akpoyibo said: “On behalf of my retiring colleague, DIG Leha, I wish to express our eternal gratitude to the IGP for putting together this glorious and elaborate pulling out ceremony.
“You were not only a boss, you were a friend, a brother and a confidant. We shall, no doubt, miss working with you. To our fellow DIG’s and members of management team, you were wonderful.
“The level of understanding, love and friendship that existed amongst us was unprecedented. We shall remain forever grateful to you. We shall no doubt miss those exciting moments we shared together at our management meetings.”
Recalling the role played by their superiors at both training colleges and on the field, DIG Akpoyibo said: “God used these patriarchs to make me what I am today. They include late DIG Johnson Oladipupo Odu, late CP. Amos Dangana, DIG Donald Ugbaja (rtd), DIG Parry Osayande (rtd), late ACP Sylvester Anosike, late CSP Fred Ezepue to mention but a few.
Present at the ceremony were Delta State deputy governor, Professor Amos Utuama, former Kogi State governor, Ibrahim Idris, Chairman Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro, Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Hans Hodel, among others.