Ogbonna Okechukwu Onovo

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Ogbonna Okechukwu Onovo
Chairman National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)
In office
Preceded by Musa Bamaiyi
Succeeded by Iliya Lokadang
14th Inspector General of Police
In office
2009 – 8 September 2010
Preceded by Mike Mbama Okiro
Succeeded by Hafiz Ringim
Personal details
Born (1953-02-07)7 February 1953
Enugu State
Nationality Nigerian
Alma mater University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Occupation Police Officer

Ogbonna Okechukwu Onovo is a former Inspector General of the Nigerian Police (IGP), serving from July 2009 to September 2010. He was appointed IGP upon the retirement of Mike Mbama Okiro.


Ogbonna Okechukwu Onovo was born on 7 February 1953 in Nkanu Local Government Area of Enugu State. He attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka from 1972 - 1976, where he obtained a B.Sc Political Science.[1]

He joined the police force in August 1977 as an Assistant Superintendent of Police and rose steadily through the ranks, becoming Commissioner of Police in April 1997 and Assistant Inspector-General of Police in May 2001. His first postings were in Rivers State, with later positions in Imo State, Lagos, Edo State, Adamawa State and Ogun State. Between 1998 and 2000 he was chairman/chief executive officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). He was promoted to Deputy Inspector General on 14 March 2002, and served three Inspector Generals (Tafa Balogun, Sunday Ehindero and Mike Okiro) in that role. He was briefly the acting Inspector General of the Nigeria Police Force in 2007, before Mike Okiro was appointed to the IG post.[1][2]

Inspector General of Police[edit]

At the ceremony where he formally assumed the acting IGP post in July 2009, Ogbonna Okechukwu Onovo promised continuity with the direction set by his predecessor. He said "we will ensure we have a stable and secure society with crime brought down to the barest minimum by initiating new crime fighting strategies and employing our greatest assets, manpower through well motivated measures."[3] On 5 August 2009 the Nigeria Police Council confirmed Onovo as the substantive Inspector General of Police.[4]

In August 2009, Ogbonna Okechukwu Onovo said that aide de camps (ADC’s) attached to governors or political office holders would be allowed to spend no more than three years on that assignment, after which they must return to the force. He also announced a campaign to deploy mobile police officers to address the high rate of kidnapping in Anambra State and the entire South East.[5]

In late July 2009, members of the extremist Boko Haram sect went on the rampage in five Northern States of Nigeria, attacking several police stations. During the violence, Mohammed Yusuf, the leader of the Boko Haram, was captured and died in police custody, reportedly when he was trying to escape.[6] On 5 August, Ogbonna Okechukwu Onovo summoned the five Commissioners of Police in the North East to explain police involvement in the death.[7] In September 2009, Ogbonna Okechukwu Onovo declared the 20 police who had died trying to maintain order "National Heroes" and presented cheques to their families in compensation.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b "Onovo’s Tough Challenge". The News. 10 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  2. ^ "Challenges Before Onovo". Vanguard. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  3. ^ "Onovo takes over as IGP, promises continuity". Vanguard. 24 Jul 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  4. ^ "FG confirms Onovo as IG". OnlineNigeria. 5 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  5. ^ "Govs’ ADC ‘ll spend 3yrs – Onovo". Vanguard. 27 Aug 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  6. ^ "Nigeria's 'Taliban' enigma". BBC News. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  7. ^ "Onovo summons northern CPs over the killing of Boko Haram leader". Daily Sun. 5 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  8. ^ "Boko Haram And Fallen National Heroes". Nigerian Observer. 21 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  9. ^ "Northern Govs meet, condemn Boko Haram crisis". Nigeria Daily News. 4 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-27.