…45 others too
By Albert UBA, Investigator-General, Lagos.
NIGERIA’s indisputable crime buster extra-ordinaire, Assistant Commissioner of Police ACP Abba Kyari has been elevated to the well deserved rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police DCP. The generally acclaimed super-cop whose walls dot flurry of awards of excellence has not only carved a niche for himself as a crack detective but unstoppably on the pathway to entrenching an indelible footprint in the sand of times. His exploits at the dreaded Special Anti-Robbery Squad SARS Ikeja was phenomenal. DCP Abba Kyari’s headship of the SARS (then) crippled Lagos most wanted armed robbery suspect, Abiodun Ogunjobi alias Godogodo. For fourteen years, Godogodo had terrorized Lagos, Ogun States and environs; he was evasive, killing and maiming Policemen at will. But the emergence of an unassuming figure named Abba Kyari at SARS brought Godogodo and his sidekicks’ 14 years reigns of terror to an end.
Abba Kyari’s magic wands know no bound. His exceptional crime analysis and detection caught the fancies of the then IGP Solomon Arase who created an Intelligence Unit named IRT to be manned by the indefatigable Abba. Curiously, these were times when kidnapping and sundry violent crimes had attained fever height crescendo in the country and DCP Abba Kyari was handy; and he did prove his mettle. In no distance time, his prowess in sieving information and the tact in analyzing them was put to bare and the result was the arrest of the Nigeria’s most wanted and wicked billionaire kidnapper, Chikwudumuje Onuoamadike , alias Evans and cohorts. This laudable achievement no doubt, caught the attention of the Presidency which promptly ordered that Abba Kyari and his team who worked assiduously to neutralize Evans and cohorts be immediately elevated to the next rank. However, the Nigeria factor almost had its way in this well deserved order for elevation as it was almost punctured at the Police high command and the Police Service Commission PSC respectively, for whatever reason. But just Thursday, April 18, 2018 the fetters that seemingly held the hands of the Chairman of the Commission, got shattered as he appended his signature and pronounced ACP Abba Kyari elevated to DCP. A statement signed by the Commission’s Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani and obtained by CrimeWorld described the efforts of Abba Kyari and others in neutralizing Evans and cohorts as “superlative”, adding, “ The Police Service Commission has approved the special promotion of forty five Police officers and acting appointments for another 13 officers who played major roles in the arrest of Onuoamadike Chukwudumuje aka Evans, a notorious kidnapper and 21 members of his gang. The Commission took the decision today, Thursday April 19, 2018 at its plenary meeting which began on Tuesday April 17, 2018 and presided over by the chairman of the Commission, Sir Dr. Mike Mbama Okiro,a retired Inspector-General of Police. The promotion and acting appointments were based on the superlative performance of the officers in the arrest of the deadly gang who terrorized Nigerians. The officers are of the Intelligence Response Unit IRT, Special Tactical Squad STS, and Technical Intelligence Unit under the direct supervision and coordination of the IGP Monitoring Unit at the Force Headquarters Abuja…” , adding, “Dr. Okiro said the new ranks would greatly motivated the officers for improved performance.”