Former Inspector General of Police, Ogbonna Okechukwu Onovo, assumed office on July 24, 2009 and was sworn in by late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua after the retirement of his predecessor, Sir Mike Mbama Okiro.

Onovo who served three former Inspectors General of Police, Alhaji Tafa Balogun, Mr. Sunday Ehindero and Sir Mike Okiro, as their Deputy Inspector General in Charge of Administration before his appointment in 2009, had already packed his bag and baggage and was ready to leave the force if another officer had been appointed IG after Okiro left.

Policemen with the IG, Onovo

The former IG had vowed to follow that part, considering the treatment he received during the retirement of Mr. Ehindero, who during his send off parade and reception, was received and escorted out by the next most senior officer, then Mr. Onovo, only for the number three man, Mike Okiro to be appointed IGP.

Onovo endured the pain then because Okiro was not only his course mate, they were room mates during training. Aside from that, both officers always went on courses the same time and this climaxed in their attending the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, near Jos.

During his time as the Inspector-General of Police, Onovo is credited with organising adequate security for the elections that held in Fugar in Edo State, Anambra State, and Ekiti State.

It will be recalled that the celebration surrounding his assumption of office was almost marred by the Boko Haram crises that rocked Bauchi, Borno and other northern states before it was eventually brought down in 2009 following the killing of the sect’s leader, Yusuf Mohammed in Borno that year.

Incidentally, his removal from office yesterday coincided with another Boko Haram crisis which broke out on Tuesday night resulting in the sect’s members attacking the federal prisons in Bauchi State.


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