By Mary BASSEY, Senior Investigator, Lagos.
THE moderately built hall of the Church of Assumption on Folomo, Ikoyi Lagos was full to the brim Friday morning as family members, friends, colleagues especially, from the security sector where he belonged as well as acquaintances of late Commissioner of Police CP Young Emmanuel Arebamen gathered together at a requiem mass held in his honour to commemorate his final journey to eternity. The officiating father, Reverend Father Innocent Opogah who is also the Director, Catholic Lay Apostolic Center, admonished parishioners to live a life worthy of emulation saying that he had heard of all the good deeds of the late Police Commissioner even before he met him physically. He said, “We should be mindful of the kind of life we live as a people because posterity will hold us accountable at the end. We are gathered here today to pay our last respect and tributes to a man many have adjudged lived a wonderful and peaceful life; let us therefore, live a life that those we leave behind would have commendable things to say and write about; bearing in mind that this world is not our own but as we journey through it, we have respect for humanity and above all, fear God.”
For a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police who is presently the Chairman of the newly founded Lagos State Neigbhourhood Safety Agency LNSA, Israel Ajao, late Arebamen was an amiable and gentle officer saying, “Arebamen was my immediate predecessor as CP Lagos. He was an amiable and gentle officer who did his best as CP Lagos which helped me gave my best in the state. He will be sorely missed.”
To a former Crime Reporter who is now the General Manager, RayPower FM Radio, Mrs. Yewande Iwuoha, the late Police officer was a true professional and journalists’ delight adding, “He was always on the lookout for his men. I got really impressed with his professionalism in the way he handled the conduct of election in Lagos State as CP at the time. He refused to compromise and ensured the neutrality of the Police. Above all, he was Journalists’ delight as he was accessible to the media and by so doing, made our job easy through prompt responses to inquiries and interviews.”
Also speaking, a former Inspector-General of Police IGP Musliu Smith described late Young Arebamen as a diligent, fearless and professional Police officer adding, “During my time as IGP, he served directly under me as the Force Public Relations Officer where I cherished his diligent and professional performance which promoted excellent relationship between the Police and the entire Nigerian public. No doubt, patriotic Nigerians will miss him greatly because he served our dear nation diligently and creditably in all public offices he had opportunity to render service.”
Another Police officer whose path crossed with the late Young Arebamen, Commissioner of Police CP Olayinka Balogun, (Retd) says, “Young was an honest officer who was so free but firm in decision making. The best of Arebamen came out while serving as CP Lagos State. Before then, I had worked with him under Musliu Smith as Force PRO while I was PSO. He will be missed.
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