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PCRC, CRAN mourn Rivers police boss

By Esther Onyegbula

National Council of Police Community Relations Committee, PCRC, has joined the Nigeria Police Force to mourn the death of Rivers State police boss, Mr Bolaji Odesanya.

National Organising Secretary of the body, Mr Austen Young, in a statement on behalf of the national chairman, Dr. Faruk Maiyama, said it received with shock and  great pains, news of the sudden death of Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr  Odesanya.

According to the statement, “It is on record that the late CP extended his warm hands of fellowship to the PCRC in the state as exemplified in the way he mobilized high calibre resource personnel in the command to train PCRC members in the state from October 31 to November 14, last year.”

In a related development, members of the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria, CRAN, said they received with shock and dismay, news of the untimely death of the Commissioner of Police while on treatment in an Indian hospital.

“The late Odesanya was a very committed police officer and friend to our Association over the years.  A good number of our members were indeed very close to him in the course of their job as journalists who cover the crime beat as he was always willing to assist where necessary.” He was also personally present at the passing out ceremony of the training programme. This was in addition to his prompt response to issues brought before him by the PCRC.

“As State Commissioner, late Mr. Odesanya exhibited a high degree of professionalism in the discharge of his duties. His commitment to ensure a crime free Rivers State was not in doubt. We are particularly speechless at his untimely death because the late CP was very energetic, prompt in responding to distress calls and never showed any sign of ill health. On behalf of my Council, and PCRC members in Nigeria, I pray that God will grant you and the Rivers State Police Command, the strength to bear this great loss, while you renew your commitment for zero tolerance to crime in the state.”

In a related development, members of the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria, CRAN, said they received with shock and dismay, news of the untimely death of the Commissioner of Police while on treatment in an Indian hospital.

“The late Odesanya was a very committed police officer and friend to our Association over the years.  A good number of our members were indeed very close to him in the course of their job as journalists who cover the crime beat as he was always willing to assist where necessary.”


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