Police mour ex-IG
Tobi Soniy and Dele Ogbodo in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari and former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, have commiserated with the family of the late Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Etim Okon Inyang, who passed on at the age of 85.
Buhari in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, sent his condolences to the immediate family, friends and community of the deceased, who served meritoriously as the head of the nation’s police force for three years, 1983-1986.
The president said as a member of the National Security Council and Vice Chairman of the Constitution Review Committee in 1987, he believed the former IG contributed immensely to the reforms and structuring of the nation’s security, and the processes that heralded good governance and democracy.
Buhari prayed that the almighty God will grant the departed soul eternal rest, and comfort his family.
On his part, Jonathan also lamented the death of Inyang as a dedicated officer who did his best to reform and refocus the Nigeria Police.
In a statement of condolence to the family of the deceased, Jonathan emphasised that the late Inyang would be remembered for his modesty and civilised disposition, both in and out of service.
A statement issued by Ikechukwu Eze, the former president’s media aide, quoted Jonathan to have further said:
“Elder Inyang was a well respected police chief who served his country to the best of his abilities, and made a difference in the milestones he recorded towards reforming and refocusing the Nigeria police.
“His time as the IG was quite eventful as he gave the task of fighting crime and protecting Nigerians his best shot. He will also be remembered for his efforts towards improving the operational capabilities of the service and promoting enhanced welfare for the officers and men of the Nigeria Police.
“In retirement he continued to serve his country in various capacities, guided by the uncommon modesty and humble disposition that saw him rise through the ranks to the highest office of IG, without scandal.
He will in deed be missed by his family, the good people of Akwa Ibom state, and the entire country.”
Also, the IG, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, yesterday commiserated with the immediate and extended families of the former IG.
A statement by the Nigeria Police Force, said it was with heavy heart and deep sense of loss and regrets they announce the demise of a former IG.
The statement read: “The IG and his management team, on behalf of the entire officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force wishe to commiserate with the Etim Inyang family of Enwang Village, Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, the government and good people of Akwa Ibom State on the demise and passage unto glory of their illustrious son, Etim Okon Inyang.
Meanwhile, a condolence register has been opened at the Force Headquarters for the personnel of the force and members of the public to register their condolence messages.