Late Police DIG, John Haruna laying in state
By Yemi Akinsuyi
The Nigeria Police yesterday held a full Police funeral parade in honour of Late Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Mr. Haruna John, who died recently in a helicopter crash, while on official duty in Jos, Plateau State.
Acting Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, who received the body of the deceased officer alongside police management team, in his welcome address extolled late John.
The IG who was represented by DIG Suleiman Fakai, described the late police officer as a fine officer who made his mark in the different positions he held in the force.
According to him, John would be remembered for the lives he touched and his contribution to the security of lives and property in the country especially in the face of challenges confronting the force.
The funeral parade included among others a 21 gun salute in honour of the fallen senior police officer with the family of the deceased, the Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Captain Olubolade and Chairman, Police Service Commission, Parry Osanyande, in attendance.
Also present were former IG, Mr. Mike Okiro; former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Mohammed Modibbo, as well as the Chairmen of the Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs, among others.
The body of the late DIG is to be taken for final funeral rites and burial in his home state, Taraba today.
John who was recently promoted from Commissioner of Police (CP) to the rank of DIG died alongside three other officers in the ill-fated flight.