ZUOKUMOR, Hon. John Miepe

Hon. John Miepe Zuokumor was born on the 7th April, 1935 at his home town, Ojoba, Bendel State. He is a National Party of Nigeria represen tative for Burutu Constituency, Bendel State in the House of Representatives. His father the late Chief Zuokumor Adamagu died when he was a baby, leaving behind four teen children. His mother Madam Ebolo Zuokumor has three children. Pa Brisibe Adamagu, his step father and uncle took over the responsibility for them after the death of their father in 1935. His late uncle Mr. S. 0. Obiri paid for his secondary education. He was educated at N.A. School, Ojoba from 1946 - 1950; New Age School, Lagos. 1950-1953 and Lagos City College (commercial) 1953-1957. He joined the Nigeria Police as a first class constable in the then Clerical Branch of the Force in March, 1958 and worked in the Inspector-General's Office for a while before proceeding to the Southern Police College Ikeja for six months basic training. On completion of the training, he was posted back to I.G's office as a clerk. Meanwhile, there was a move to phase out the Clerical Branch and they were asked to opt for the regular branch. Barely eight months after his basic training, in June 1959, he was promoted to the rank of a Lance- Corpral. This sparked off a very big row from the rank and file who protested that he was made to supersede them. In consequence of this, he was transfered from the I.G.'s office and sent to the Refresher Course School, Ikeja for another five months training in 1959. On completion of the course in December, 1959, he was posted to Ahara Police Station where he worked as a general duty N.C.O. and on in vestigation duties. In 1961, he attended the cor poral promotion course at the Police College Ikeja and also had a three months Detective course at the Central C.I.D., Ikeja. As a result of his performance in the various courses he was recommended to attend the in spectorate course in U.K. In 1962, he attended the three months Inspectorate course as cor poral at the Police College Ikeja and he was subsequently promoted to Sergeant on 1st September, 1962."On 1st October 1962, he was promoted to the rank of Sub-Inspector follow ing his detective work in the sensational treasonable felony case involving Chief Awolowo and others. He was transferred to the Central Police Sta tion as the Inspector in-charge of Crime and in 1963, he was transferred again to the Railway Police Headquarters E.3. as chief clerk and later Provincial Crime Officer. In April, 1964, he went to Congo now Zaire Republic under the U.N.O. and served as the officer in-charge of crime. He earned one commissioner's commendation for Merit and one 'Good Work Done' for various cases of burglary and stealing which he detected. On arrival in Nigeria in 1965, he was posted to D' Dept. C.I.D. Lion Buildings as the Inspector in-charge General Investigation. He was once in-charge of firearms, liquor, Gold- Smith, explosives etc. In 1967, he was pro moted to the rank of A.S.P. and posted to Panti Street C.I.D. Yaba as the Officer in-charge General Investigation. In 1968, he was transfer red to Lion Buildings as Staff Officer (Person- nel) a post he held till 1970 when he left for U.K. to attend a six months course of Instruc tion in Higher Police Training on Administra tion, Management, Professional and Basic studies at Branshil Police College from July to December 1970. On his return, he commanded Okesuna Police Station as the DPO, ASP (Admin.) Iporin and later the officer in-charge Marine Police Onikan. In 1972, he went on transfer to the then Western Region and was posted to Abeokuta as the Traffic Officer. He attended an Advanced Traffic course at the Police College Ikeja in 1972. He retired from the Nigeria Police Force on 14th January 1975. He was a businessman at Warri and before his election, he was a nominated councillor in the Burutu Local Government Area and the Secretary of the Ijaw community at Warri. A crack detective during his police career, he got two letters of appreciation for efficiency, courage, command and leadership; two com missioners commendations; one "Good Work Done" awarded two medals, one from Nigeria and the other from the U.N.O. He got married in 1963 to the former Miss Epemiere Oyadongha and he has nine children. His hobbies are swimming, dancing and reading.
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