The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH, Prof. Ikpeme Ikpeme, has warned all those who recently came in contact with late CP Abdulkadir Jimoh, Cross River State Commissioner of Police to test for Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Ikpeme stated this on Friday, shortly after Jimoh passed away at the COVID-19 Isolation Centre at the UCTH.
Although, there have been speculations that Jimoh didn’t die of COVID-19 but pneumonia.
However, Prof. Ikpeme who confirmed the CP’s death advised “all those who where with him to visit the hospital for COVID-19 test and subsequently be on self isolation”.
The state governor, Sen. Ben Ayade, on the other hand expressed shock over Jimoh’s death, describing him as “a brave and courageous officer who was a central figure in the fight against kidnapping and other crimes in the state.”
Eulogising the fallen Commissioner of Police for his commitment and dedication to ensuring safety of lives and property in the state, Ayade said: “You were a hero in our relentless quest to ensure peace. Your gallantry and bravey will remain an enduring memory as we mourn your sudden demise.
“You kept us safe and gave us your all. We will forever remember you for your courage and bravery. Nothing will fill the void your passing has created, especially in our fight against criminality”.
Ayade added that, “late Jimoh’s skills, dexterity intellect and expertise will be sorely missed as we unite to confront the security challenges in the country. I have indeed lost a true friend and a brother”.
On his part, the Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Eteng Jonah Williams, in a condolence message on Friday also extended condolences to the family and Nigerian Police Force, where Jimoh dedicated his life and energy to the unity and peace of the country.
The Speaker also recognised the contributions of the deceased towards the enforcement of peace and security in the state in the very short term he served.
Eteng said, “CP Jimoh understood the place of dedication and compassion in public service which earned him admiration and respect in the force as well as from us all”.
The Speaker, therefore, expressed the hope that Jimoh’s dedication to duty would continue to inspire colleagues he left behind.
“My thoughts are with the Jimoh’s family during this time of mourning. I pray to Almighty Allah to forgive the shortcomings of the deceased and bless him with Al-janah Firdaus,” Eteng added.