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MRS IVY UCHE OKORONKWO - first female deputy inspector-general of police


Ada-Mazi Ivy Uche Okoronkwo is a native of Arochukwu, enlisted in the police as Cadet Assistant Superintendent on August 1, 1978 after her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Criminology at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1977.

The Nigerian Police made history on 5th October 2010 when it appointed Ivy Uche Okoronkwo its first female Deputy Inspector General of Police, This appointment automatically made the degree holder in sociology and criminology to be the second in command to the Inspector General of Police. Okoronkwo holds the enviable record as the first female officer to be appointed Commissioner of Police for a state command and that was when she served in trouble-pruned Ekiti State.


She is the first woman to head a zonal command in the 148-year history of the Force when she presided over the affairs of Zone 7 Police Headquarters at Abuja, overseeing operations in the Federal Capital Territory, Niger and Kaduna states.

On November 3, 2007, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Women in Nigeria and she was the president of Women Police Officers in West Africa.

She was retired as DIG POL 2i/c Force Headquarters, Abuja, on 25 January 2012 by President Goodluck Jonathan

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