The Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Police Command, Mobolaji Odesanya, has died at the Sterling Hospital, Ahmedabad-Gujarat in India after a battle with kidney disease.
Odesanya passed away at the age of 56, a statement on Tuesday in Abuja by the Force Public Relations Officer, Moshood Jimoh, stated.
The statement said the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, expressed sadness over the demise and condoled with the family of the late CP, the government and people of Ogun State.
It added that a condolence register had been opened at the reception of the Force Headquarters and the Rivers State Police Command headquarters, Port Harcourt, for the personnel of the force and members of the public to register their condolence messages.
Burial arrangements, it said, would be announced after consultation with the family.
It stated, “The Inspector-General of Police and his management team, on behalf of the entire officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, wish to commiserate with the Odesanya family of Ikenne, Ogun State, the government and the good people of Ogun State on the passage unto glory of their illustrious son, CP Francis Mobolaji Odesanya.
“May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace and the good Lord grant his family and the government and good people of Ogun State the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”
Meanwhile, there was a discomforting silence at the Rivers State Police Command as the news of Odesanya’s death was broken to the officers and men of the command.
It was gathered that Odesanya was the 37th Commissioner of Police in Rivers State.
Odesanya took over from Mr. Foluso Adebanjo in July, 2016, when the latter was promoted to the rank of Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Information and Communication Technology at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
It was learnt that the state CP was hale and hearty until December, 2016, when he took ill and was flown abroad.
Our correspondent, who visited the state police command, located on Moscow Road in Port Harcourt, observed that some officers and men of the command were in pensive mood.
While some maintained a speechless disposition at their various seats, others, who were moving about, managing to carry out their duties, wore sad faces.