Home Town Mourns Ex-IGP Sunday Adewusi As He Departs Aged 79-Ogbomoso, the town of the departed former Inspector General of Police, Chief Sunday Adewusi is in morning following the demise of former Inspector General (IG) from 1981 to 1983.
Chief Adewusi died at the age of 79 last Tuesday night in Abuja after losing a battle against a long illness.
He breathed his last at the National Hospital in area 11, Abuja. in the Federal Capital Territory.
He took over as Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police from Adamu Suleiman at the age of 45 years in 1981 and has been on record as the youngest officer to hold the nation most important security post till date.
He was alleged to have favoured the incumbency durinh his tenure having been picked from Ogbomoso, the city of the arch-rival of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Oladoke Akintola’s. He was seen during Sagari’s regime as taking side and sympathising with the ruling National Party of Nigeria. He was a principal security actor during the countdown to 1983 General election which was massively rigged by the then ruling National Party Of Nigeria(NPN), creating chaos and anarchy which necessitated a military coup that truncated the second republic in December 1984
Adewusi had a rough ride with the then major media allegedly to support the then civilian regime of Shagari, running a repressive police which suppressed opposition to the then ruling NPN government.
He was later replaced in 1983 by Etim Inyang.
Adewusi’s career picked as when at the earlier stage of his career, he was the ADC to the then Nigeria’s governor-general, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe.
Hei was born in Eggon local government area of Nasarawa state to Pa Abraham Ishola Adewusi and Eyiolawi Abeje. He first made a record and national history when he was chosen as the youngest commissioner of police at the age of 32. He rode on in his career to become the Inspector General of Police at the age of 45.
According to the Nigerian Tribune, former Oyo State Governor, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala confirming Adewusi’s demise described him a dedicated and committed Nigerian.
He added: “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 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, Ogbomosoland, Oyo State and Nigeria in general.”