The sudden demise of the Rivers State Commissioner of Police caused a great jubilation by criminals in the state as they went on the rampage.
Residents of Port Harcourt and other nearby communities said that on hearing of the death of the officer, several gangs went on the rampage, robbing with reckless abandon while telling their victims that their number one nemesis is no more to give them a tough time.
A victim who wrote about an attack on her Facebook page said a gang of five heavily armed robbers stormed their street in the dead of night an carried out a flat to flat raid while telling residents that they would see who will come to their aid now that CP Odesanya was no more.
“It was as if they were celebrating the death of the Commissioner of Police because of the brazen manner they stormed our area.
As they were robbing, they were making fun of the late CP saying things like:
‘Why the mumu man no stay dey give us wahala?’
‘Oya, make una go call CP make him come arrest us nah? Shebi him don die, him shakara never end?’
They went from flat to flat and robbed for over two hours before they left and all the calls residents made to the police did not yield any result as they refused to come.
We also heard that there were robbery attacks in many parts of the state throughout the night by different gangs,” the victim narrated.
It was gathered that CP Odesanya died at the Sterling Hospital, Ahmedabad-Gujarat in India, after a long battle with kidney disease.
The death of the 56-year-old Ogun State-born Odesanya was confirmed by the new Force Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Moshood Jimoh, who stated that he was a professional police officer who was not interested in politics but totally dedicated to his job.
CP Odesanya was born in Lagos State and enlisted into the Force on February 2, 1986, as a cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police and rose through the ranks to the position of Commissioner of Police.
He was at one time, the Area Commander for Area ‘G’ Division in Ogba, Lagos, and also 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 the CP in the state on July 20, 2016, a position he held until his demise.
He had a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Lagos, Akoka, and a Bachelor of Law degree from the Lagos State University, Ojo.
May his soul rest in peace.