By Timothy Ekpo
The member representing Etinan Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Abuja, Mr. Onofiok Luke, has described the outgone commissioner of police, Akwa Ibom State, Andrew Amiehgeme, as an officer that exhibited professionalism in crime fighting in the state.
The former speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly,made the assertion at the send-forth ceremony in honour of the newly promoted Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Emieghene, at the Police Multi-Purpose Hall, State Police Command, Ikot Akpan Abia, Uyo. Akwa Ibom State.
Speaking with newsmen, Luke said he personally had to attend the send forth ceremony of the newly promoted AIG, based on the respect he has for him in the discharge of duties as commissioner of police in the state.
Luke explained that he had carefully followed the routine exercise of functions by Emieghene and come to the conclusion that the outgone police boss was an officer that combined professionalism with the fear of God to render security services in the state.
He noted that AIG Amiehgeme fought in Akwa Ibom in a civil way, non-political and was never bias and very professional in his job, an option he stressed gave him reason to honour the send forth function.
“Amiehgeme as much as I know has done as much as possible to prevent crime in Akwa Ibom State and he does that in a more civil way. When I was speaker in this state, we had CPs who were biased. This one is not political and is very professional in his job, that is why I have to fly down and come to identify in celebrating him,” he said.
Onofiok Luke said the AIG had shown what professionalism in the police force should be. He pointed out that it was his belief that Andrew Amiehgeme had a greater responsibility ahead of his career and thanked God for his elevation.
Also speaking, the former state chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reversed Ndueso Ekwere, said he had known the immediate-past commissioner of police in the state for a while and understood him to be a very straight-forward police officer.
Ekwere stated that AIG Amiehgeme deployed professional wisdom spiced with the knowledge of God to perform his duties as the security chief in the state, that under his watch Akwa Ibom residents went to bed with little or no fear of being attacked by hoodlums.
The reverend minister noted that he personally had to honour the event to thank him for a job well done in the state. Reverend Ekwere stated that the elevation of Andrew Amiehgeme to the position of AIG during his stay in Akwa Ibom indicated the fact that Akwa had been a platform on which so many commissioner of police had used to earn higher positions of responsibility in the force as in the case of Solomon Arase, who left Akwa Ibom on promotion and got appointed the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
He commended the AIG’s dedication on his job and prayed God to guide him in future. endeavour.
In his response, the AIG said the event was to enable him to thank God for leading him successfully in his professional calling as a security officer in the state and Nigeria. He explained that he had served several years in service from the position of an officer to who he is today and he had seen God at the centre of his career.
AIG Amiehgeme told the gathering that in his ongoing police career he has nothing to say than to tell God thank you and appealed to Him to sustain the grace in his present position as Assistant Inspector General of Police in the country.
Amiehgeme commended the Akwa Ibom government for the support he enjoyed as commissioner of police and sister security agencies for always doing what was always right to enable him to succeed.
He thanked area commanders divisional police officers and the entire police family for standing by him to serve the state and county, stressing that it was their support that has earned him the new promotion.
In his sermon, Rev. Uma Ukpai had stressed the need to thank God for service rendered and appreciated the new AIG for not forgetting the fact that the success stories would not have been possible if God was not at the centre of his endeavour.
The man of God drew his analogy from the story of the ten lepers who after being healed by Jesus failed to thank God except one. He said thanksgiving was a sacrifice of gratitude to God and urged Christians never to stop thanking God for His wonderful work in their lives.