Abiodun SOYELE

Prince David Oyebanji Olufemi Folawiyo Deputy Inspector General of Police, graciously bows out of the Nigeria Police Force today after a meritorious 33-year service of his fatherland in grandstyle.

DIG Folawiyo until his retirement, was the DIG in charge of Information Communication Technology of the Force, a department he brought many modern day technology advancements.

Born on 21st November, 1961 in Lagos, David attended Ilora Baptist Grammar School, Ilora, had a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master’s degree in International Relations from AL-mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, Iraq and University of Yaounde II, IRIC, Cameroon respectively. David as fondly called, enlisted in the Nigeria Police in March, 1988 as a Cadet ASP, served in Ibadan, Oyo state 1989 to 1990 and Police Force Headquarters, Moloney, Lagos, from 1991 till he left Force headquarters Abuja on secondment to the ICPO-Interpol from 2001 to 2005.

As a Regional Specialized Officer at the Interpol Sub-Regional Bureau (SRB), DIG Folawiyo was Officer-in-Charge Anglophone countries in West Africa and the Head of Anti-Drugs and Narcotics Desk, from July 2001 to December 2005 and invariably also evolved, unofficially as the Chairman of all the Chairmen of the Anti-Drugs and Narcotics Desks, in the six Interpol Sub-Regions from 2002 to 2005.

He was also variously Head of Research and Archives, Head of Logistics and Supplies, and Secretary of the Permanent Secretariat for the West African Chiefs of Police Committee (WAPCCO), (2001 – 2005).

To date, the Nigeria Police Force prides in DIG Folawiyo as an Icon who speaks not less than eight international languages.

In the course of service, Folawiyo was posted Director Peacekeeping Operations and Training 2006, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Admin Zone 10, Sokoto, 2007, DC Admin, Police Staff College Jos, 2009, DC Admin Zone 8, Lokoja, 2011, DC CID Imo, 2013 and DC Force Secretary II, FHQ, Abuja, 2014.

As Commissioner of Police (CP), Folawiyo was appointed CP Federal Operations (FEDOPS) in 2015, CP Airport Command 2017, CP Maritime Police Command 2017, CP Armament 2018, CP Force Animal Branch, 2018, AIG Department of Training and Development, Force Headquarters, Abuja, 2019-2020 and the pioneer AIG zone 17 Akure, until his appointment as Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG).

DIG Folawiyo attended many courses both locally and internationally.

He took the National/Ports Security Training Course in Police Academy Cairo in 1993; the Advanced Certificate in National Security at the same Academy in 1998; Interpol Training Course in Crime Analysis at Accra, Ghana 2003; the Higher Management Course of the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) and the Police Senior Command Course (SCC) in 2009; Train the Trainer Course in Leadership and Performance Evaluation 2012; Higher Diploma in Security Studies at Ecole Internationale de Forces de Securite (EIFORCES), Yaounde and a Master’s Degree in International Relations, from University of Yaounde II, Yaounde, Cameroon, in the year 2014. He is a member of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Course 40, Kuru, Jos, Nigeria, 2018.

Aside these feats, DIG Folawiyo had the privilege to assist in the organisation and/or facilitation of innumerable Seminars and Workshops, for training at home and abroad. He got a Certificate of Recognition for the professional services rendered Interpol as Regional Specialised Officer from July 2001 to December 2005; IGP’s Commendation in December 2006 for courage and dedication beyond ordinary, in single-handedly spearheading the establishment and commissioning of the Police Peacekeeping Hall and Documentation Centre, at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

He was awarded the prestigious Passed Staff College Dagger in December 2015; the badge for the Best Country Participant at EIFORCES, Cameroon, Course II, 2014 23 to 2015. He is a Fellow Africa Centre for Crime Prevention, Research and Studies (Cairo, Egypt), Member of the National Institute (mni) (2018) and a holder of Nimeche Distinguished Merit Award (2019).

In the past one decade, DIG Folawiyo  performed the following important Adhoc/Ancillary activities in the service of the Force among others:

(A) Member, Police Institutions 2009 Syllabi Review Committee

(B) Chairman/Membership of 2011 to 2013 Boards of Examiners and Markers For Promotion Courses

(C) Member, North East Protection and Security Coordination Working Group 2015 – 2016

(D) Coordinator, North East Special Duties and Logistics Requirement for Restoration of Civil Authority 2015 – 2016

(E) Member, Technical Committee for Distribution of Relief Items in Customs Warehouses to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) 2016

(F) Chairman, Security Planning Committee, 2nd Regional Security Summit, Abuja, 2016

(G) Member, Inter – Ministerial Committee of The US – Nigeria BiNational Commission, 2016

(H) Inaugural Member, PEBEC, 2018

(I) Member, Technical Committee on Settlement of Federal Government’s Ministries, Department and Agencies Electricity Bills, 2019

(J) Chairman, Sub-Committee on Community Policing, Presidential Committee on Strengthening the Internal Security Framework and Community Policing in Nigeria, 2019

(K) Co-Coordinator Police Partnerships with Other MDAS, Diplomatic Missions, Multi-National Companies/Agencies, NGO etc. 2019- 2020.

In his time, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) finally evolved the wholesome document, which The Police Management Team accepted and IGP Usman Alkali Baba approved as The ICT Policy for The Nigeria Police Force.

As DIG David Oyebamiji Olufemi Folawiyo PSC(+) BESS, mni, an Icon of The Nigeria Police Force bows out of the force, Securityreporters.com wishes him a peaceful retirement life.

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