The Ghana Immigration Service has promoted Assistant Immigration Control Officer ll (AICO ll), Nurideen Abdul-Ganiu Takra to the rank of AlCO I for his outstanding act of professionalism, bravery, valour and selflessness demonstrated to save the lives of two police officers and members of the public from being attacked by a mentally retarded person at Sefwi Wiawso, the Western North Regional Capital a couple of weeks ago.
The ceremony which was held at the Immigration National Headquarters in Accra was led by Comptroller General of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Lawyer Kwame Asuah Takyi.
His promotion comes after a UTV News and Peacefmonline.com publication of his swift intervention in saving the lives of two police officers who were under attack by a mentally retarded man near the Anglican Church at Sefwi Wiawso.
AlCO l Ganiu-Nuredeen, the officer stationed at Sefwi Wiawso in the Western North Region, received a commendation for his brave and swift intervention to save lives.
On behalf of the National Immigration Management Committee, Lawyer Kwame Asuah Takyi who promoted the brave officer, expressed his gratitude to the Western North Regional Police Command for recognizing and appreciating the effort of AICO I Takra during a visit to the Officer’s post at Sefwi Wiawso.
Looking at the sensitive nature of the law enforcement work, particularly in protecting lives and property, the Comptroller General of the Immigration Service was of the view that AICO I Takra’s promotion and awards were well deserved .
He thanked the hero on behalf of the GIS, all the security agencies and the General public as a whole and encouraged him to continue to serve selflessly and professionally.
Representative of the the IGP at the ceremony, Director General of the Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD), Commissioner of Police (COP) Francis Ebenezer Doku expressed appreciation on behalf the entire police service to AICO I Takra for the brave and heroic act.
COP Doku called on other security agencies, especially the GIS and the Ghana police service to strengthen partnership and develop a better sense of solidarity since they shared a common goal of maintaining peace and order.
Speaking on behalf of the Interior Minister Ambrose Dery, Mr Dominic Afriyie Agyemang, the Director of the Immigration Unit at the Ministry of the Interior described the act of overcoming fear to save the lives of two police officers and the public as brave and praiseworthy.
He said AICO I Takra’s intervention prevented a bloodbath that would have killed both the officers and the onlookers at the scene.
He described his intervention as a display of bravery, valour and selflessness towards the state.
Some top security person’s who joined the GIS to honour AICO I Takra were the Chief Fire Officer (CFO), Mr. Julius A. Kunuor, the Director General of Prisons, Mr. Isaac Kofi Egyir, the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP), Madam Faustina Agyeiwaa, and a representative of the Commissioner of Customs, Assistant Commissioner Eric Bonney.
AICO I Takra I, who was honored and promoted was also awarded a plaque, certificate and a citation of his heroism.
The heroic officer in his appreciation of the honour done him, pledge his continues dedication to the core values of the GIS, which includes professionalism, integrity among others.
He express thanks to Allah for giving him the courage to save the day from bloodbath .