Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has admonished the new Commissioner Police in the state, Mr. Ebere Onyeagoro, to handle political pressures professionally, especially with regard to unlawful orders.
Dickson, represented by his deputy,
Rear Admiral John Jonah (retd.), gave the advice during a retirement dinner in honour of retired CP Austin Iwar at the DSP Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall, Yenagoa, the state capital.
The outgone CP Iwar retired from the Nigeria Police Force on Tuesday after 33 years of service to the nation.
The Governor emphasized the need for security agencies to collaborate and work in synergy and share information with one another for the overall interest of the state in terms of security.
He described Iwar as a thoroughbred police Officer who was focused, committed and dedicated to his duties, hence he succeeded in his career.
Speaking in his personal capacity, the deputy governor also stated that policing in Nigeria was a very risky job.
He added that Iwar should therefore thank God for a successful career in the Nigeria Police Force.
While wishing the retired CP success in his future endeavours, given his wealth of experience and knowledge garnered over the years, Jonah also requested him to be an ambassador of the state government, having served in Bayelsa as CP.
In his speech, Iwar expressed mixed feelings about his retirement, thanking God for a successful career after 33 years of service and leaving in good health and peacefully.
He said he would miss his colleagues with whom he had related in the past three decades.
He also added that his experiences in the Police had made him to realize that Nigerians are peace-loving people, stressing that Nigeria has some of the best police officers in the world.
Iwar equally thanked the state government and the people of Bayelsa State for their cooperation and support during his short duty tour in the state.
In his brief remarks, the new Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ebere Onyeagoro, assured the people that he would be very professional in carrying out his duties.
He noted that standards already achieved by his predecessor would not be lowered.
In their separate goodwill messages, Chief Robert Enogha, Chairman, Eminent Persons Forum; Chief Ernest Samuel, Chairman, Police Community Relations Committee; Chief Boma Spero Jack, Special Adviser on Security to Governor Dickson and Mr. C. Chiabua, Controller of Prisons, Bayelsa State Command, all congratulated Iwar on his distinguished service to his father land.
Iwar started his career in the Nigeria Police as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1984 and bowed out in October 2018 as CP on the attainment of the mandatory retirement age of 60.