Born on 20th July, 1970 in Kabba, Kogi State, Ag. ACP Idowu Owohunwa was commissioned into the Nigeria Police Force as a Cadet Officer (Course 19/1996) on 15th August, 1996. He emerged as the Overall Best Graduating Cadet Officer in Professional Studies at the Police Academy, Kano. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Studies and Policing from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom (on British Government Chevening Scholarship) and a Diploma in National Security from the Centre for Strategic Studies, Galilee International Management Institute, KibutzMizra, Israel. He has also attended the Global Peace Operations Initiative Course in Vicenza, Italy; US State Department Law Enforcement Executive Development Programme in Gaborone, Botswana; and the British Council Interaction Leadership Programme (2nd Cohort).
Ag. ACP Owohunwa was a member of the Nigerian pilot Contingent to the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) which was involved in the post-war reform and restructuring of the Liberian National Police (LNP) in 2006 and also served as a Staff Officer to the 2006 Alh. Dan Madami-Chaired Presidential Committee on Nigeria Police Reform. A former Staff Officer to the Inspector-General of Police in the IGP Secretariat, Abuja, Ag. ACP Idowu Owohunwa has at various times served as Operations Officer in Ughelli Area Command, Delta State; Personal Assistant to CP (Personnel & Welfare) Force Headquarters, Abuja; 2i/c and Divisional Crime Officer, National Assembly Complex Police Division, Abuja; O/C General Investigation Section (D3), State CID, Lagos State Command; Divisional Police Officer, Eket Division, AkwaIbom State Police Command; and lately as the pioneer head of the Intelligence Analysis Unit of the Nigeria Police Force Intelligence Bureau.
An officer with passion for intellectual engagement, the research and published works of Ag. ACP Idowu Owohunwa include ‘Intelligence-Led Policing’ (Published in ‘The Monograph of Criminal Investigation’); ‘Anatomy of Police Corruption’ (Published in ‘Policing Nigeria in the 21st Century); and ‘Miscarriages of Justice and the Nigeria Police’. Until his appointment as the Principal Staff Officer to the Inspector-General of Police, Ag. ACP Idowu Owohunwa was the Personal Assistant (PA) to the Inspector-General of Police. He is married with children.