Chief Sunday Adewusi was an Aide De Camp to late Chief(Dr) Nnamdi Azikiwe when he was the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and he became the youngest inspector general of police . He died Tuesday at the age of 80. Police sources said Mr. Adewusi died at the National Hospital at about 9pm after a brief illness. The Force Public Relations Officer, Bisi Kolawole, confirmed the passage of the former IG.
At age 45, he was appointed IG in 1981 to take over from Adamu Suleiman, thereby making him the youngest officer to head the country’s police force.
Mr. Adewusi was, however, succeeded by Etim Inyang in 1983, barely two years after his promotion.
He was promoted Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1959; Deputy Superintendent of Police in 1962; Superintendent of Police in 1963; Chief Superintendent of Police in 1967.
He became Assistant Commissioner of Police in 1969 and Deputy Commissioner of Police in 1971.
At age 32, he became a Commissioner of Police in 1972 and Assistant Inspector-General of Police in 1975.
His career in the police which took him to practically every part of Nigeria exposed him, first hand, to the beauty of the diversity of the Nigerian nation.
This exposure afforded him the opportunity to gain a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of the cultural heritage of the peoples of Nigeria.
Born in Nassarawa Eggon Local Government Area of Nassarawa State to the family of Pa Abraham Ishola Adewusi and Princess Abeje, he began his educational career at the Church Missionary Society and Roman Catholic Mission Schools from 1944 to 1948.
He proceeded to Baptist Day School, Jos between 1949 and 1950 to complete his Standard Six education.
Mr. Adewusi had his secondary education at Keffi from 1951 to 1956.
He, however, joined the Nigeria Police Force and had his basic police training at the Police College from 1957 to 1958 as a cadet sub-inspector.
Adewusi whose remains will be buried on April 8 at his Ogbomosho home town.
In her emotion laden tribute , Mrs Azikiwe said the death of Adewusi was painful but a clear fulfillment of the biblical statement that everything that has a beginning must have an end.
She wrote “… So the exit of Chief Sunday Adewusi from mother earth now , after a life well spent in rendering a meritorious service to Nigeria in the Police Force, is divine”.
She recalled “ according to my husband, His Excellency, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, GCFR, Chief Sunday Adewusi, as his ADC, was a very accomplished, dignified, committed officer and pleasant gentleman . Chief Adewusi was a quintessential officer of the Nigeria Police , who stood by him (ZIK) come rain come shine. Indeed his character is worthy of emulation in the Nigeria Police Force”.
She implored God to grant the late IG’s family members the fortitude to bear the lose.
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