Police commissioner moved from Akwa Ibom after six months in office


The Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, Don Awunah, has been transferred from the state barely seven months after assuming office.

Mr. Awunah, the 21st commissioner of police in the state, took over from his predecessor, Muritala Mani, in January.

The police spokesperson in the state, Ikechukwu Chukwu, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES Saturday that Mr. Awunah has been transferred to the Nigeria Police Academy, Kano.

Until his posting to Akwa Ibom, Mr. Awunah served in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, as spokesperson of the Force.

Mr. Awunah, who is from Benue State, had previously served in Akwa Ibom as assistant commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigative Department, from 2011 to 2013.

A few other officers, including the Officer in Charge of Anti-Robbery Squad, Julian Onita, and the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of the State CID, Edward Ajogun, also transferred out of the state, PREMIUM TIMES learned.

Police commissioners have no fixed tenures, and their postings are usually at the pleasure of the inspector-general of police.


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  • Frank Bassey

    He failed to accomplish the wish of his Masters. PMB/APC has been mad for losing Akwa-Ibom and Rivers. Thank God the Governors are equal to the federal might.

    • simon tor gideon

      But he wasnot the Commissioner of ploce either in Akwa Ibom or Rivers when election took place there,so how did he fail to accomplish the wish of his maters,PMP/APC?sOME OF YOU POST THINGS OUT OF SENTIMENTS WITHOUT CONSIDERING THE VARIABLES INVOLVED.

      • Frank Bassey

        You have not been following events. Each of these security officers have a mandate given to them from above. He doesn’t have to be there during the previous elections, of course he could not have been. When he fails to upset the system, he gets ‘fired’ from the state.