Anambra congratulates AIG John Abang, says State safety record helps promotions


The Anambra State Government has lauded the Police Service Commission (PSC) for the promotion last week of the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. John Bassey Abang even as it said that the elevation is truly earned.

In a statement in Awka on Sunday, the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C. Don Adinuba observed that the state government was convinced that Mr. Abang’s promotion was because of his impressive record as the Anambra State Commissioner of Police where he made a significant contribution to the stattus of the state as the safest and most peaceful place in Nigeria and even beyond.

Adinuba stated that AIG Abang fought crime effectively with great regard for human dignity and due process adding that he was friendly, accessible, transparent and even handed.

He disclosed that “his ability to speak the Igbo language fluently endeared him to all and sundry, deepening the level of trust our people have in him.

“Mr. Abang’s impressive record service in Anambra State is in line with the tradition of excellence which various state police chiefs in the state have established in recent years. Owing to their satisfactory work, a result of the maximum cooperation between the people and government of Anambra State, on the one hand and the police chiefs, on the other, the Police Service Commission frequently promote the officers to the next rank.

“Mr. Bashir Makama was serving as the State Police Commissioner when he was elevated to the AIG rank. Mr. Mustapha Daura, who served as the CP here, has also been made an AIG. Even Deputy Commissioners who served in the state have not been left out in the promotions based on merit. Mr. Abang’s second in command, Deputy Commissioner of Police Chris Owolabi, is now a CP. Mr. Mike Okoli, who served earlier as Deputy Commissioner in our state, is now the Commissioner in Bayelsa State.”

The Commissioner further congratulated the Police Service Commission on the promotion of Mr. Frank Mba, the Police Force Public Relations Officer to the rank of Commissioner of Police pointing out that Mr. Mba was one of the youngest CPs in recent Nigerian history.

“His brilliance, hard work, integrity, focus and insistence on professionalism as well as his courtesy are well recognized. He worked with the state government to ensure the tremendous success of the 12th Biennial Police Games held in the state from February 21 to March 7, 2020. Inspector General Mohammed Adamu described the 12th Games in which over 300 sports men and women drawn from the 12 zonal commands and the Force headquarters participated, as the best organized and most successful in the history of the Nigeria Police Force. CP Mba made a useful contribution to the event”, he stated.

He added that the people and government of Anambra State cherish their relationship with the police authorities and would continue to work in harmony with the force and other relevant agencies for the benefit of their people in particular and all Nigerians in general.

“Meanwhile, Governor Willie Obiano has sent a personal congratulatory letter to the newly promoted officers, saying his administration is looking forward to working effectively with them in their offices”, he concluded.

Photo: The Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano.

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