The Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Abdulkadir Jimoh, died on Friday morning at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital from alleged COVID-19-related ailment.
The Chief Medical Director of the Teaching Hospital, Prof. Ikpeme Ikpeme confirmed the commissioner’s death.
He disclosed that the CP was brought into the hospital dead.
“He was dead on arrival. COVID-19 protocols will be followed before his body will be evacuated,” Ikpeme said.
The CMD, however advised all those who were with him to go for COVID-19 test and subsequently be on self insolation.
Jimoh, who had spent barely five months in office before his demise, was described as a hero.
He took over from Nkereuwem Akpan in July this year.
Cross River State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade who expressed shock and sadness over the death of Jimoh, described his passing as a great loss to the state, country, and the police force.
This was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Christian Ita, who also described Jimoh as “a brave and courageous officer who was a central figure in the fight against kidnapping and other crimes in the state.”
He commended the Commissioner for his commitment and dedication in ensuring the safety of lives and property in the state.
“You were a hero in our relentless quest to ensure peace. Your gallantry and bravery 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.
“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,” he said.