There Are Still Good Cops, DPO Rabiu Garba , A Force To Be Reckoned With  

There Are Still Good Cops, DPO Rabiu Garba , A Force To Be Reckoned With
Zainab Tanimu
Kaduna, North-West, Nigeria
No good deed goes unnoticed they say. This is the story of Divisional Police Officer Rabiu Garba whose good deeds paid off as angry youth spared him and his division from destruction. An exemplary leader he is.
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A friend who lives at Onitsha told this story and it was a refreshing departure from the usual narrative, considering the harrowing experience of the past week.
Rabiu Garba is the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) at Fegge Onitsha. He built a borehole for the neighbourhood without any fund raising.
He organizes soccer tournaments for the youths of Fegge at their stadium where he also goes to play table tennis weekly.
For Rabiu Garba, Fegge is his home. Fegge is his community.
He has attended almost every church and every event in the area as he is invited because he is accepted as one of them.
When the rampaging youths came to burn his Police Division yesterday, he neither fought nor fled.
While his men were panicked, he walked out to meet the mob with the courage of a man who had nothing to fear.
They recognized him and the angry chants were silenced! Most of the youths could vouch for him as a professional cop and a role model for many young men in the community.
They even granted him audience to address and counsel them before the mob dispersed.
It had nothing to do with his tribe.
It had nothing to do with his religion.
He was just a model cop.
Yes, there are still good cops.
Thank you DPO Rabiu Garba.
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