He could be described as a social critic, a consummate police officer, a community leader and an anti-corruption crusader. He was many things rolled into one.
Nigeria lost a former Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP), Abubakar Tsav, who passed on recently at 82 years of age. Tsav, according died on Monday, June 8, at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Makurdi, Benue State. The renowned social critic, who was hospitalised at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of FMC, died after a protracted illness.
The late CP, who hailed from Vandeikya LG Council of Benue held several key positions, while he was alive.Apart from being Commissioner of Police in Lagos, he held similar position in Kano and was also Federal Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission (PCC).
His son, Sani Tsav, told newsmen at the Central Mosque, Makurdi, that his father’s last wish was that he should be buried at the cemetery in Makurdi and this was done accordingly. Nigerians continue to mourn the passing away of one of the illustrious sons of the country.
Among them is the nation’s leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, who condoled with the government and people of Benue State over the demise of an illustrious son.
The President joined family members, friends and associates in mourning the retired police officer, “whose years in service continue to resonate with the discipline and focus he brought into security operations, particularly in Lagos State.”
President Buhari noted with sadness, that the vociferous voice of Tsav, will be sorely missed, while acknowledging that his wise counsel to leaders in his state, and national level, especially on good governance were most timely and impactful.
“I feel very special about people like Tsav, who took great personal risks to defend me and my government in all situations and circumstances,’’ Buhari said in his tribute to the departed elder statesman.The President prayed for the repose of his soul, urging the family to find strength in his contributions to humanity.
Similarly, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom sent his heartfelt condolences to the Tsav family.The governor expressed shock at the demise of Tsav whom he described as a gallant police officer during his years in service. Ortom in a condolence message prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and his family the fortitude to bear the loss.
In his message, Senator [Dr] Gabriel Suswam, in his condolence message, said he received the news of Tsav’s passing away with great shock. The former Benue governor condoled with the bereaved family, adding that the late CP was a courageous and determined police officer who stood on the path of truth. He prayed for the repose of the soul of Tsav.
In his tribute, the Chief Iman of Makurdi, Alhaji Suleiman Habib described his death as a great loss to the Muslim community in Nigeria. Alhaji Habib described Alhaji Tsav’s death as a great loss not only to the Muslim community in Benue state but the entire country.
According to the Chief Imam, “he was one of the very good indigenous supporters of Islam and he lived an Islamic life and died as a Muslim. We pray Allah forgive all his sins and accept his good deeds. “
We join President Buhari, the government and people of Benue state to condole with the family of the late Abubakar Tsav, who lived his life fighting always for the wellbeing of others whether in official or private capacities.
Nigeria needs the likes of Tsav, who was a conscience of the society and voice of the voiceless, to confront the many ills in our society.
We commend his life to the younger generation of Nigerians, especially his virtues of courage, frankness, patriotism and firm belief in justice and equity, all of which defined his many battles and anti-corruption crusades.
Alhaji Tsav is gone home to his Creator, but has left us with his worthy legacy of service to humanity. Adieu great Leader!