The General Manager, ERL Telecoms & CEO Aleezah Nigeria Limited, Messrs. Uche McRichard Onunaku and Deputy Director, Information, Caleb University, Imota, Lagos, Dr Elvis Efe Otobo, have both been honoured with the prestigious Valuable Student Awards by the authorities of the Police Training School (PTS), Lagos.
The honorees were honoured for their outstanding performances at the Course 1, 2022 passing out parade held at the Parade Ground, Police Training School, lkeja, on Saturday.
In a statement, honourees were said to have distinguished themselves in academics, drills and also contributed immensely towards the success of the course.
Speaking after the passing out parade, Mr. McRichard Onunaku said that he would use the intelligence acquired during the training to assist in tackling crimes in his community.
“I discovered the high crime rate in my area. I understand the emotional distress that people in these communities experienced. As a spy police officer, I would be able to use my position to make people feel safe where they live through community joint participation in criminal rehabilitation programs in my community, this would help members of the community become active members of the society once again”, he said.
“I also have an intention to register a Non – Governmental Organisation (NGO) called, ‘Say No To Jungle Justice’. It pains to see innocent lives being wasted daily in several communities without being giving a chance to be heard or given a fair hearing.
“This NGO will cut across all the states and would seek to rescue persons undergoing jungle justice before they are killed. This will be achieved by recruiting several members from all spheres of life. Our members would grow so large that it will have representatives in every marketplace and communities”.
Speaking on the impact of the training on him, Onunaku said that he now feels duty bound to assist police in making society safer.
“The training has instilled in me the mindset of a police officer, which is to protect lives and property. This now makes me feel responsible in ensuring people maintain law and order”.
The Deputy Director, Information, Caleb University, Dr Elvis Otobo who had the rare privilege of leading the course as the General 1, a.k.a ‘G1’, narrating his experience, said:
“Leadership is a very difficult task and the role of the G1 is very strategic. I focused on what I wanted to achieve and avoided many distractions that came my way. What gave me joy was the feedback at the end of the Course that we did excellently well, and we received commendations from all and sundry, especially our course officer, CSP Christiana Onephirojiro who said that we made her very proud”, he said.
“Beside the traditional exco, I constituted a team of advisory council who worked closely with me to ensure success of the course by contributing financially and offering quality advice Among members of the advisory council were Dr. Goodluck Enimakpokpor; Dr. Kehinde Odensi; Mr. Samuel Ajiboyede; Mr. Uche McRichard Onunaku; Mr Segun Oludare Babatunde; Mr Dapo Fashina, Mr. Sunday Onojeta and Dr. Adaramewa Olusuyi among others.
“It was a thing of joy when the Commandant DCP Musa Yusuf Garba pronounced us certified Supernumerary Police Officers with full powers and privileges as contained in section 18, 19, 20 and 21 of the 1999 constitution and the police act.
“We brought some innovations into the course and l hope the authorities of the Police Training School will remember us for a very long time”, he added.
Otobo also commended the excellent qualities of the commandant of the school, DCP Musa Yusuf Garba, whom he said is very disciplined and methodical in upholding the positive philosophies of the Police Force.