The Nigeria Police Enugu state
command, has named the 100 unit
two bedroom semi detached
bungalows police estate after
former Inspector-General of Police
(I-G), Ogbonnaya Onovo.
Inaugurating the estate on Thursday in Enugu,
the I-G Solomon Arase said that the
leadership of the police force decided to
immortalise Onovo for his contributions to the
development of the police.
He said that the houses were built to assist
police officers from lower ranks to inspectors.
“From the moment I resumed office as the I-
G, the first thing that came to my mind was
how to reduce the sufferings of officers and
men of the police.
“It is my pleasure to bring to your notice that
I built this estate in recognition of my former
boss, Mr Ogbonna Onovo because of his
immense contributions to my life as a police
“He was there for me in bad and in good
time, so I wish to honour him as he is still
alive,” he said.
Arase warned the occupants not to turn the
estate into a barrack but use it to strengthen
police relationship with civilians.
The I-G said that 30 per cent of flats in the
estate would be set aside for non police
In a message he delivered at the event, Gov.
Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state commended
the I-G for his magnanimity to the force.
Ugwuanyi, who was represented by his deputy,
Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, urged the beneficiaries to
take proper care of the estate as a mark of
appreciation to the I-G.
In his remarks, the former I-G, Mr Ogbonna
Onovo, expressed gratitude to Arase for
recognising him in his life time.
He also commended Arase for transforming
the police and urged him not to relent until
the nation’s police force is repositioned.
“It is my pleasure to witness this occasion,
more especially as the estate was built in my
named and very close to my home town.
“I wish to say that you all are here to honour
me and the police at large and I pray that this
kind of gesture will reach you all,” Onovo said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that
the I-G also named a similar estate in
Umuahia after former I-G Mike Okiro.