Rivers CP, ex-presidential candidate, Pere Ajunwa die

bolaji-odesanyaRivers State Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Francis Mobolaji Odesanya, has passed on.

When The Guardian visited the command’s headquarters on Moscow Road, Port Harcourt yesterday, a petrified senior police officer, who did not want to be named, said: “I am aware that the Commissioner of Police had been having health challenge for a while now, but no one envisages this tragic turn of event.

“To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time we are experiencing the death of a serving CP. It is indeed a sad day for us here.”

He, however, refused to mention the nature of Odesanya’s aliment.

In Abuja, the leadership of the police announced the demise of Odesanya after a brief illness in a hospital in India where he went for treatment.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Moshood Jimoh, yesterday, said the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, and the management announced the death of the 56-year-old officer.

The IGP, police management and the entire force commiserated with the Odesanya family in Ikenne town, the government and people of Ogun State for the passing on of their illustrious son.

Also, a presidential candidate of the Liberal Democratic Party of Nigeria (LDPN) and the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the 2003 and 2007 elections, Chief Pere Ajunwa, is dead.

In a statement issued by Daniel Markson-Iworiso, his Chief Press Secretary, Governor Seriake Dickson described the passing on of the prominent son of Bayelsa State as an untimely, sad, shocking and a monumental loss to the government, the Ijaw and Nigeria.

The governor said that even though Ajunwa was dead, his worthy legacies and strides as an Ijaw patriot and a fighter for the rights of Nigeria’s minorities would live long after him.

He, therefore, prayed for the peaceful repose of his soul and for God Almighty to grant the family the strength, courage and fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

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