Abuja - The Nigeria Police on Thursday pulled out two Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, Marvel Akpoyibo and Philemon Leha, who retired from the force after reaching 60 years old.
Akpoyibo, until his retirement, was DIG in charge of Training while Leha was DIG, Operations.
They were enlisted into the police in 1980 as Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, described them as officers who had exhibited courage, operational sagacity, uncommon tactical expertise and professionalism in service.
"It can therefore be said that they had given a good account of themselves by successfully serving the Nigeria Police with impeccable records.
"Today, it is befitting, we honour these DIGs, whose lives have been a profound inspiration to us.
"Their brilliant contributions accounted for the successes of the present police management and transformation in the Nigeria police," he said.
The I-G said that one notable attribute of the two retiring senior officers was their strong dedication and commitment to the service of the nation.
He urged them to continue to support the police in every aspect of their lives even as they "permanently drop the arms and uniform".
Akpoyibo, who spoke on behalf of the retiring officers, pledged their support for the police in retirement, saying "we shall continue to support the system in our own little way".
According to him, the wellbeing of the nation is the wellbeing of every one.
"By the grace of the almighty God, this nation Nigeria will attain her goals and become the envy of other nations," he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports many dignitaries, including the Deputy Governor of Delta, Prof. Amos Utuama, former Kogi Governor, Idris Ibrahim and representative of Bauchi Governor, attended the ceremony.