*CP Aduba claims as he bows out of service
By Esther Onyegbula
It was pomp and pageantry recently at the Delta State Police Command Headquarters when the state police boss, Ikechukwu Ayo Aduba, bowed out after 35 years of dedicated and active service to the Nigeria Police.
The disengagement was marked by a colorful send-off ceremony and sentry guard parade. Traditional rulers in Delta State, members of the business community, bankers, top police chiefs and Aduba’s kinsmen attended the ceremony, which took place at the Police headquarters, Asaba.
A book titled: ‘Aspects of Onitsha History And Culture Up To 2000’ authored by the police boss and his younger brother, Charles Aduba, was launched at the ceremony.
In a valedictory speech delivered by the former Delta Police boss, he expressed gratitude to God, the Inspector-General of Police and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, for giving him the opportunity to serve the Nigeria Police and also supervised the peaceful conduct of the Ekiti State governorship election.
Aduba who was a former Commissioner of Police in charge of Plateau, Bauchi and Mobile Police Force, enjoined leaders to be guided by the core attributes required to set the right priorities and initiate the required changes for their organization no matter how inconvenient or painful such decisions might be.
He also warned criminals to turn a new leaf or face the full weight of the law.
According to him, “whatever I have accomplished during my tenure as the Police boss in Delta could not have been possible without the support of officers and men, my foot soldiers who were always there for me. I have finished my assignment in the police and we have to give way so that younger officers can grow.
“ I don’t have any regrets serving my country as a police officer. Police job is the best job to do in Nigeria. I thank the President Goodluck Jonathan for giving me the opportunity to serve. I also thank the Inspector – General of Police and the people of Delta State for their support,” he sated.
In 1991 and May 2000, Aduba served as divisional police officer at various stations in Imo and Akwa-Ibom State, Police Public Relations officer, Rivers State and Officer commanding 18 Police Mobile Force (PMF), Owerri, 19 PMF in Port- Harcourt and 1 PMF Kaduna. He served as Area commander in Shagamu in May 2000 to July 2004; directing staff/administration officer in Police Staff College, Jos, from July 2004 to November 2004; Deputy Commissioner of Police-in-Charge of Zonal Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Zone 9 Headquarters, Umuahia and Deputy Police Officer, Police Mobile Force, Force Headquarters, Abuja from February 2009. Aduba was Deputy Commissioner of Police and second in command, Rivers State in February 2009 to July 2011 and also a Commissioner of Police in-charge of Border Patrol, Police Mobile Force, Plateau State Police Command.
In July 2011, Aduba was posted as Commissioner of Police, Bauchi State Police Command and on March 13, 2012, he was posted to Delta State Police Command as Commissioner of Police.
He was once described by his bosses as a go-getter and a pragmatic police officer. His operational excellence and tact has earned him several local and international accolades during his career in the police. He smashed numerous notorious gangs of violent criminals. A case in point was his fight against the Boko Haram sect that has killed so many policemen and innocent citizens in Bauchi State.
As a police boss in Delta State, he unmasked daredevil armed robbers and kidnapping kingpins.