The government and the people of Osun State have commiserated with the family of Mr. Israel Ajao, and the Nigerian Police Force, over the passage of the retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, who died on Friday at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
In a statement today signed by Mrs. Funke Egbemode, Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, the extended its sympathies to the good people of Oluponna in particular and Osun state in general over the demise of one of the state’s finest national icons.
The statement reads:
“The death of DIG Israel Ajao (rtd) is painful and a huge loss not only to his family but to the nation. He was a committed and an experienced Police Officer who served the nation diligently and passionately.
“Ajao was the pioneer Assistant Inspector-General in charge of the Force Intelligence Unit. He served as the Deputy Inspector-General in charge of Force Criminal Investigations, and later Operations before retiring in 2010.
“His heroics were also notable in his advancement of the community policing agenda and his strategic contributions in the Force saw him hold think-tank positions including serving as Board Chairman, Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps.
“On behalf of the governor, government and the people of Osun, we extend our deepest condolences to the family of DIG Israel Ajao (rtd). His legacies of professionalism and service to humanity are a pride to us as a state, and a valuable lesson for the younger generation.
“We pray God grants the soul of the deceased eternal rest and give his bereaved family, friends and associates the fortitude to bear the huge loss.”