Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday expressed sadness over the death of a former Inspector General of Police, Sir Etim Inyang.
Sir Etim Inyang, a former Inspector General of Police between 1983-1986, died in Lagos on Monday after a brief illness at the age of 85.
The Governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, described the deceased as a gallant police chief who led his men to wage war against the high wave of crime and criminality during his tenure.
“Sir Inyang who rose from the rank of recruit to be Inspector General, was one of the best police chiefs this country has had over the years. Despite the high wave of crime that characterised the period he was in the saddle, he was dogged and consistent in his quest to bring the activities of a notorious armed robbery gang led by Lawrence Anini and his cohorts to a halt.
“Though his stint as the Inspector General of Police was short, he contributed his quota to the entrenchment of peace and security across the country. He succeeded in initiating the manhunt for Anini which eventually paid off under his successor,” the Governor said.
Governor Ambode said the late Inyang would be greatly missed not just by his immediate family, but the country at large.
He also prayed that Almighty God would grant the soul of the departed peaceful repose and for the family, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“On behalf of the good people of Lagos State, I wish to convey my deepest condolences to the family of the deceased,” Ambode said.