Juliana Francis

A former Force Spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force, Don Awunah, today dies of ill health.

Until his death today, Awunah was the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 16, with headquarters in Yenogoa, Bayelsa State.

According to a Police Situation Report, dated 23rd May 2022, Awunah died while in service.

He was also said to have been sick and taking treatment in a hospital in Abuja.

He died at 1: am today, according to his Personal Assistant (PA).

He was once the Commissioner of Police in Bayelsa State between January 29 and August 2018, taking over from AIG Austin Agbonlahor who has retired from service.

Before being posted to Bayelsa State, Awunah had served as the Commandant, Police Staff College, Jos in Plateau State.



Donald N. Awunah, was an alumnus of many distinguished academic institutions, such as the University of Ilorin, Ilorin (2014-2015), Institute of Security Studies, Abuja (2014), Benue State University, Makurdi (2009-2010, 1995-1996), Federal Polytechnic, Ida (1989-1990), University of Lagos (1981-1984), School of Basic Studies, Ugbokolo (1978-1980), Padopads Harmony Secondary School, Makurdi (1973-1978), Ladi-Lak Primary School, Yaba, Lagos (1969-1973) and St. Mathias Primary School, Ogwashi-Uku, Delta (1968-1969).

He obtained the following academic qualifications; M.A in International Relations and Strategic Studies in 2010, B. A (Hons) in Philosophy in 1984, ADPM in 1996, and Certificate in Mass Communication in 1990.

Besides his core academic training and attainments, DCP Donald attended numerous Professional Police Courses within and outside the country namely: National Security Training in Israel (2015), UNODC Seminar for Criminal Justice Practitioners on the implementation of the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime in Abuja (2002), Community Policing Training, Huston, USA (2007), Police Leadership and Management – Community Policing, Scottish Police College, Scotland (2003), Study Tour of England and Scotland Police Formations – Community Policing (2003), Crime Prevention: Trans-national Organised Crime – Unafei, Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan (2000) and Advanced Detective Course (1991).

He also had the following working experience; A member of the Nigeria Police Contingent to the UN Peace Keeping Mission in East-Timor (UNMIT) between (2008 – 2009) where he served as the UN Police Spokesperson.

He served in various capacities in the Force; he was 2i/c Special Fraud Unit, FCID Abuja (2001), Assistant Commissioner of Police, Management Service (2009-2010), Area Commander, Owerri Area Command, Imo State (2010-2011), Assistant Commissioner of Police, CID ‘D’ Department, Akwa-Ibom State (2011-2013), Deputy Commissioner of Police, Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Edo State (2014) and Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge Homicide, FCIID (2014).

He also acquired proven skills in Police Public Relations and Extensive knowledge in detective and investigative work.

A member of various professional bodies, among which was the Fellow, Institute of Security Studies (fsi), Fellow, Institute of Corporate Administration and Member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), DCP Don Awunah, was a lover of sports, Reading, News Hunting, and Man’O’ War Activities, was married with children.

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