Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has described the death of a former Inspector General of Police(IGP). Sunday Adewusi, as a great loss to the government and people of the state.
The governor said this in a statement issued by Mr Yomi Layinka, his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, and made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Wednesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that late Adewusi died at the National Hospital, Abuja, on Tuesday at the age of 79.
NAN also reports that the late Adewusi was born on Dec. 6, 1936, and was IGP from 1981 to 1983 during the Shehu Sagari administration.
Ajimobi lamented the death of Adewusi, who made history as the youngest IGP ever in the country, saying he instilled discipline in the rank and file of the Force.
“The era of the late Adewusi as the nation’s number one cop was a defining moment that brought the best out of the officers and men of the police.
“ The late Adewusi was urbane and affectionate. His simple lifestyle was a lesson in humility despite his accomplishments as a distinguished police officer.
“He will be sorely missed because his wisdom and sound advice on issues of national interest have contributed to the peace and development of Oyo State since I became governor,’’ he said.
He prayed that God grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest and give the family, Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi, and the state the fortitude to bear the loss.
Similarly, a former governor of the state, Adebayo Alao-Akala, described the late Adewusi as an icon, mentor, pious Christian and a lover of God and humanity, who was loved by all and sundry till his demise.
Alao-Akala, who is also the Bobagunwa of Ogbomosoland, said that Adewusi, the Asiwaju of the town, would always be remembered for his love for Ogbomoso and patriotism for his fatherland.
“I mourn a great a lover of noble virtues and a prayer warrior,’’ he said.
Also speaking, Sen. Fatai Buhari, the Chairman, Senate Committee on ICT, has condoled with the Soun of Ogbomoso, Adewusi’s family and the entire people of Ogbomoso over the demise of the former police boss.
Buhari, who is representing Oyo North Senatorial District, said in a statement that he received the death of the former IGP with shock and disbelief.
“It is painful that he is no more in our midst to talk to us as a father and leader but we take solace in Almighty God that he lived a fulfilled and successful life.
“He will forever be remembered for his remarkable contribution to the Nigerian Police Force and service to humanity.
“As the Asiwaju of Ogbomoso , Chief Adewusi tried his possible best to facilitate development, job creation and employment for the younger generation and he worked toward the unity of Ogbomosoland.
“ His tenure as the IGP was noted for remarkable achievements and transformation and reformation policies, some of which are still being used by the Nigerian Police till date,’’ he said.
Hon. Segun Odebunmi, the Chairman, House of Representative Committee on Information and National Orientation, described the death of Adewusi as a great loss to Ogbomoso, Oyo State and Nigeria.
“Adewusi lived a fulfilled life and died at a ripe age but his fatherly figure and role will be greatly missed.
“ He was a pride of the town, Oyo state and Nigeria at large.
“He served in the Nigeria Police as a gallant officer who rose through the ranks to the position of IGP and had a remarkable tenure,’’ he said.
Odebunmi, who is representing Ogo-Oluwa / Surulere Federal Constituency, prayed God to grant the family, Ogbomoso and the state the fortitude to bear the loss.