Nigeria Police Force has expressed deepest condolences and sympathy to the families and loved ones of the late former Inspector-General of Police, Sunday Adewusi.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, while describing the late IGP as a Nigerian hero who served his nation proudly, as a Police officer even at retirement, said Adewusi was a transformational leader whose tenure as Inspector-General of Police between1981-1983 remains impactful, across several generations of Police officers.
Adewusi, the Asiwaju of Ogbomoso, who died Tuesday around 8.30 p.m. at the National Hospital, Abuja, was born on December 6, 1936, and he succeeded Adamu Suleiman as the IGP between 1981 and 1983.
The IGP, in a statement by the Force PRO, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, noted that throughout his life, he remained a strong member of the Police family; attending all Police official events, even up to the last Nigeria’s Independence Anniversary celebration.
The statement said IGP Arase, on behalf of the entire officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, announced the death of former IGP Sunday A. Adewusi, who passed on, at the National Hospital, Abuja on Tuesday, January 26.
Late Chief Sunday Adewusi, according to the IGP, was a beacon of hope to the Nigeria Police Force, just as he remained an advocate of policing throughout his life. While the entire members of the Nigeria Police family mourn the loss of a great police icon, the IGP noted that the same family also celebrates his remarkable life and hoped that it serves as an example to all and sundry across the nation, to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.
The IGP therefore urged the families, friends and indeed all Nigerians to take solace in the knowledge that he has gone to be with his Maker and he is surely resting in the bosom of the Almighty God.
Meanwhile, the IGP has set up a committee to liaise with the family to give him a befitting burial that he deserves.
Former governor of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, who confirmed Adewusi’s death, said the late police chief was a gallant officer who served Nigeria with commitment and dedication.
“The Asiwaju of Ogbmosho, Chief Sunday Adewusi, is a father who, in no small way, contributed to my success in life. He is a rare officer and boss who served the Nigerian police force gallantly. His contribution to the image of police is still a reference point up till today. He will be sorely missed by the police, Ogbomoso land, Oyo State and Nigeria in general,” he said.
Adewusi was born in Eggon Local Government Area of Nasarawa State to the family of Pa Abraham Ishola Adeyinka Adewusi and Princess Eyiolawi Abeje.
He began his educational career at Mada Station and attended both the Church Missionary Society and Roman Catholic Mission Schools from 1944 to 1948. He proceeded to the Baptist Day School, Jos, Plateau State, between 1949 and 1950 to complete his Standard Six education.
He joined the Nigeria Police and had his basic police training at the Police College from 1957 to 1958 as a cadet sub-inspector.
He was the ADC to the then Governor-General of Nigeria, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, having been shortlisted among 14 contenders for the position.

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