For doubting thomases, who say the Nigerian Police does not have the best in terms of character, integrity and professionalism that can compete with their contemporaries across the globe,& these traits and more were displayed recently by the “New Sheriff in town” , Commissioner of Police, Anambra State, Garba Baba UMAR psc.
On Wednesday, 2/8/17, at a lecture parade with the officers and men of Onitsha Area Command, the CP stumbled on the case of an abandoned baby recovered by the police after more than one week. Sequel to intelligence reports, it was discovered that one Chinwendu Njoku got pregnant and was suddenly found not pregnant again. The Police arrested and interrogated her only to discover that she was actually the lady that gave birth to the baby and dumped him in the bush.
Either by divine intervention or stroke of luck, the young man responsible for the pregnancy showed up at the police Division. On interrogation by the CP personally, it was discovered that the young man indicated interest to marry the lady but her family turned him down because he was unemployed and does not have a “family name”. On learning about this, CP Garba Baba UMAR psc was depressed and shocked to the marrow. He wondered why somebody can take such rash decision while many are looking for the fruit of the womb for donkey years.
After counselling the duo and without hesitation, he offered a huge amount of money for the rehabilitation of the young man and lady. He said the man should use the cash to start up a business while the lady should acquire any skill of her choice to earn a living for the child and herself.
CP UMAR also made provision for the care of the new born baby and announced automatic scholarship for the baby child while volunteering for his training too. The Commissioner of Police reunited the couple and handed over the baby to them. He also directed the DPO to keep an eye on the family and ensure that the money is used judiciously.
The beneficiaries were so stunned by the benevolence of the CP and shed tears of joy as they appreciated and prayed for him and his family.
ASP NWODE NKEIRUKA PPRO ANAMBRA STATE POLICE COMMAND.