The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, yesterday, eulogised the late Benedict Odiase, composer of the country’s national anthem stating that his contributions would remain indelible in the history of Nigeria.
Abubakar , who stated this during the lying -in-state of Odiase at the Police College, Ikeja, further stated that his commitment was worth emulating.
Represented by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in-charge of zone 2, Mamah Tsafe, he described the late Deputy Commissioner of Police’s death as a huge loss to the Force and Nigeria at large but was quick to assert that “ death is a debt every one must pay some day. No one can add one minute to his life when death comes.
It is not only the family that had lost someone dear to them, the Force too is mourning him. We therefore, pray for the repose of his soul and the fortitude for the family members to bear the loss.
It was however observed that aside Tsafe and the Commissioner of Police , Police College, senior police officers were absent at the occasion for reasons unknown. But former Inspectors General of Police were present.
Among them was former I-G, Musiliu Smith, who urged upcoming officers to emulate Odiase for his good works, stressing that there was reward for any job well done.
On hispart, former Assistant Inspector-General of Police and one time Commissioner of Police in old Bendel State, Casmir Akagbosun described Odiase the deceased as an example of a good police officer, whose contributions would be greatly missed by all.