The fallen Deputy Inspector General of Police who died on Wednesday in an Helicopter mishap may be conferred with a national honour in appreciation of his patriotic service to the nation, a source hinted on Wednesday evening.
The hint was dropped in Abuja just as thousands across the world mourn the death of Haruna John who was killed during an official assignment on Wednesday afternoon.
He may receive a national honour with four other members of the force who died when the helicopter in which they were travelling fell killing all the occupants on board.
Massive accolades have been showered on the Deputy Inspector General of Police and other members of the force who lost their life following the Helicopter Crash on Wednesday afternoon in Jos, Plateau State.
The helicopter is one of those used for surveillance by Nigeria Police and it was in one of those security missions when it crashed.
It was conveying some security personnel in Jos, headed by the DIG, attempting to monitor the ongoing security crisis in Plateau state. Four causalities were initially confirmed.
The incident occurred at approximately 12:15pm and eye witnesses claimed the low-flying chopper plane crashed in the vicinity of a satellite market and a Government Secondary School along Rukuba Road in the Kabong area of Jos.
Deputy Inspector General of Police, Haruna John was among the newly promoted to the position of the DIG by the president, Goodluck Jonathan recently.
Many had praised Haruna’s gallantry and his dedication to duty as the social media had gone spiral in praising his courage for face the nation’s security with zeal and patriotism.
The Commissioner of Police in Plateau state who has just visited the crash site has confirmed to Channels Television that the DIG Operations was on board the flight with his orderly, the pilot and the assistant pilot.
The late DIG is reported to have been in Jos since the first bomb blast in the troubled city this year carrying out surveillance functions.
He was said to have been in a security meeting on Tuesday to strategise on how to address the security challenge of the state.
The helicopter reportedly was conveying the police officers from Jos to Abuja after taking off from the Jos prison field.
The crash occured after flying for about one and a half kilometer., according to sources.
Eye witness account said that the helicopter was rolling in a cyclic motion before crashing into the building and then bursting into flames. The residents are assumed to have been out of the building when the crash occurred.
Casualty figure is yet to be ascertained as regards the occupants of the building but the pilot and four officers on board did not survive the crash.
President Goodluck Jonathan in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media & Publicity) has described the accident as unfortunate and a temporary setback especially at this time that all security forces are making concerted efforts to guarantee security throughout the country.
He commiserated with the families of the bereaved and the Police High Command, urging them to take consolation in the fact that these fine officers died in the course of national assignment
Kayode Olagunju , a top executive of Federal Road Safety Corp described Haruna as a good friend and and a hard core professional. On his face book farewell honour thread, the road safety guru had about 400 respondents condoling the Nigerian Police and families of the deceased.
Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode described Deputy Inspector General John Haruna as his personal friend and a first class police officer and pray that God would give his family the fortitude to bear the loss.
DIG Haruna John was born on the 16th August, 1956, in Karim Lamido LGA, Taraba State. He enlisted into the Nigeria Police 5th June, 1978 as a Cadet Inspector & rose through the ranks to become a Deputy Inspector-General of Police few weeks ago. He was former Commissioner of Police in-charge of Anambra, Niger, FCT Abuja & Benue State Police Commands respectively.
He was at Wakefield, UK for General Investigation Course, where he passed out as the best Commonwealth student.
He was also in China in 2009 & 2010 for Professional Police Leadership Trainings. He was versatile, courageous & an operationally-sound Police officer.
“He would be remembered for his kind heartedness, generosity, humility & exemplary leadership qualities in crime prevention & detection”, former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, .another friend of the DIG said in his tribute