Tuesday, 31 January 2017


Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr. Francis Bolaji Odesanya, is dead.Odesanya passed away this morning in an undisclosed hospital abroad after a brief illness.

Odesanya was recently under fire for his role in the botched arrest of a Federal High Court Judge in Rivers State during last year’s crackdown on the judiciary by the Department of State Security, DSS.

He got off by the skin of his teeth and was again in the spotlight during the bloody legislative rerun election in the state in December

Meanwhile,the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni, with a heavy heart and deep sense of loss regrets to announce the demise of a serving Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Police Command who passed on at the age of 56 years after a brief illness at Sterling  Hospital Ahmedabad-Gujarat in India.

The late Commissioner of Police was enlisted into the Force on the 1st February, 1986 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police and rose through the rank. He served as Deputy Commissioner of Police Department of Operations and that of Finance and Administration in Rivers State before he was promoted and posted as Commissioner of Police Rivers State Police Command on the 20th July, 2016, the position he held until his sudden demise on 31st January 2017 after a brief illness at Sterling Hospital Ahmedabad-Gujarat in India.  

The Inspector General of Police and his management team, on behalf of the entire officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force wishes to commiserate with the ODESANYA family of Ikenne Town, Ogun State, the Government and good people of Ogun State on the demise and passage unto glory of their illustrious son, CP. Francis Mobolaji Odesanya. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace and the good Lord grant his family and the Government and good people of Ogun State the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

A condolence register has been opened at the reception of the Force Headquarters and Rivers State Police Command headquarters, Port Harcourt for the personnel of the Force and members of the public to append their condolence messages. Burial arrangements will be announced after consultation with the family.

Share This