The Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa with some top management staff of the FCTA and heads of some Security agencies in the FCT paid condolence visits to the family of the late Deputy Police Commissioner (DCP) Umar Usman Belel of the FCT Police Command, the offices of Channels Television and the FCT Police Commissioner to commiserate with them over the death of their personnel in the clash between the police and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) on Monday.
At the residence of the deceased DCP, the Permanent Secretary was received by his brother, Commissioner of Police, Alhassan Usman Belel. In his condolence message, Sir Ohaa said the demise of Usman Belel was quite distressing because the deceased was a very hardworking, soft spoken and highly disciplined officer.
He also said he was disheartened that such an incident occurred in the FCT which has always been peaceful with residents going about their lawful businesses. He however stressed that the FCTA will continue to work with security operatives to ensure law and order in the nation’s capital.
At the FCT Police Command, the Permanent Secretary was received by the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma. The Permanent Secretary called on the Police Commissioner to take solace in the fact that the deceased lived a good life and died in the service of his fatherland.
Sir Ohaa said “We came also to encourage you, not minding what has happened, you and your men will keep the flag flying. Don’t be disheartened or discouraged that one of your finest is gone”
Responding to the Permanent Secretary, the FCT Police Commissioner, Bala Ciroma said the Command had indeed lost a fine officer but the visit by the Permanent Secretary has lifted the morale of the police and renewed faith in government’s commitment to support them.
At the Channel Television’s Abuja station, Sir Ohaa who was received by the station Head Ambrose Okoh and anchor Maope Ogun gave the assurance that the FCTA was working with relevant security agencies to ensure that the type of incident that claimed the life of their staff does not occur again, describing the death of Precious Owolabi, the deceased Youth Corps member posted to the station as sad.
In his response, the Head of Station, Ambrose Okoh, on behalf of the management, commended the FCTA management for the visit, adding that while the incident had saddened the entire staff, they will not be deterred in their job of excellent journalism.
The Permanent Secretary was accompanied by the FCT Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Mr Wobin Gora, the State Director of DSS, Mr. Ado Mu’azu the State Commander of the NSCDC, Mr. Patrick Ukpan as well as several Directors of FCTA Departments, Agencies and Secretariats.