The Oasis Reporters
October 11, 2018
Whenever any postings rumble of Police Commissioners occur in the office of the Nigerian Inspector General of Police, all serving police commissioners, their deputies and assistants rush to the notice board to check Plateau State first, then Benue before Nassarawa. Those three killing fields are dreaded by the police hierarchy. Nobody wants to go there. It easily leads to a ruined career because going there means being marked, either for bias, collaboration or ineptitude.
Police Commissioner Undie Adie has finally been recalled from Plateau and Mr Austin Agbonlahor, appointed in his place as the Plateau State Police Commissioner following incessant attacks and killings in the State.
Plateau Command’s spokesman, DSP Terna Tyopev, made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Jos.
Until his appointment, Agbonlahor was the Commissioner of Police Department of Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
Tyopev said Agbonlahor replaced Mr Undie Adie, who has been redeployed by the police authorities.
The new commissioner, who hails from Edo, graduated from the University of Benin and he is a fellow of the National Defence College.
He also served as Director of Courses at the Nigerian Police Academy in Wudil, Kano State. Agbonlahor has since assumed duty.
The new commissioner’s resumption comes few days after an attack was carried out by some gunmen on Kiendoro village, Bassa Local Government Area of the state.
Five persons were killed and several others injured and houses burnt down in the attack.
The gunmen attacked Nkiendoro village of Bassa Local Government Area of the state on Thursday night, barely 24 hours after 19 persons were killed in Ariri Village of the same local government.
Among the five who were killed was a member of the Nigerian Army’s special task force, Operation Safe Haven.
The difficulties Undie Adie encountered included being accused of ineptitude or giving killers safe passage according to critical voices on the Plateau because people were getting killed in his State, yet there are no conclusive records of the killer bandits he was able to arrest and prosecute successfully.
Plateau State citizens wait with bated breath to see if Commissioner Agbonlahor would make the difference and write his name in gold.
For Undie Adie, they say, ‘good riddance’.