After 35 years in service, the Commissioner of Police (CP) in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Gabriel Achong will bid goodbye to the Force he got enlisted into as an officer on August 1, 1980 on July 31, 2015, the CP told a news conference in Uyo, the State capital, at the weekend.
“At this juncture, I feel that it is important I officially inform you of my retirement from the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on 31 July, 2015, after 35 years of active meritorious service to our great nation, Nigeria”, Achong announced at the Ikot Akpanabia headquarters of the State Police Command. “My sojourn in the Nigeria Police Force started on August 1, 1980.
And I have by God’s grace held many administrative, investigative and operational command positions across the length and breath of our Country Nigeria”, he added.
Thanking the God Almighty for sparing his life, Achong, who will formally bow out in a grand pull out ceremonies at the Uyo Township Stadium on July 31, recalled with nostalgia, the “I joined the Police with over 150 others”, but regretted that “I don’t think we are up to 45 left”.
According to him, his ingenuity in crime fighting has led to heavy reduction in crimes rate in Akwa Ibom and attributed his success to a combination of vigilante, community and intelligence-led policing.
Urging younger officers not to jump the gun in their quest to the top, Achong, who said he was only stepping aside, disclosed that he would still be working behind the scene to offer security advise and intelligence in aid of effective policing in the State.
He said his loyalty would continue to remain for the Force that has brought him fame and fortune, vowing “I will not do any other job; I will still be a policeman till death”.
-Iniobong Ekponta, Uyo