Dr Dakuku Peterside, Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), says the death of serving Commissioner of Police in Rivers, Mr Francis Odesanya, is shocking and a great loss.
Peterside made this known in a statement by his Media Team in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
He said that Odesanya’s death came at a time when the state and Nigeria needed his professional competence and managerial capability.
Thevdirector-general said that the demise of police commissioner has robbed Nigeria of a fine officer and gentleman, who rose through the ranks before being posted to Rivers to help curtail the activities of criminals.
“Indeed, our state and the entire nation have lost a fine officer and gentleman who weathered it through the ranks to the position he held before his death.
“His loss becomes more painful considering his efforts at checkmating the dangerous activities of criminals in Rivers State,” he said.
He condole with the Inspector-General of Police and Police Service Commission over the unfortunate loss.
“This is indeed a big loss and sad one to the Police, Rivers and Nigeria.
“He contributed to the corporate existence of Nigeria and fought several criminal elements in the society to ensure that we are able to move around freely and go about our normal duties.
“For the few months he has been in Rivers State, he showed the attributes of a good leader, who is ready to lead from the front and provide direction for the rank and file,” he added.
Peterside wished the family of the deceased God’s guidance and grace as they mourn the demise of their illustrious son.