The Edo State Police Command had been hit by tragedy, as an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), in charge of Training and Development has reportedly committed suicide in Benin City.
The police officer, who was identified as Christopher Nosakhare Osakue, allegedly shot himself in the head with his service pistol inside his private residence located at Upper Sakponba area of Benin City.
Sources at the State Police Command headquarters in Benin City disclosed that Osakue was recently posted to the state from Ondo State police Command.
Apparently to ensure that he carried out his suicide mission unhindered, it was gathered that the deceased allegedly sent a woman and the little boy living with him on an errand before shooting himself.
The late ACP was said to have suffered a partial stroke few years ago, which was said to have affected his emotional and social lifestyle.
Osakue, who was said to have been recovering gradually from the stroke before he took his life, however did not leave any suicide note behind.
As at the time of filling the report, the deceased’s residence which is located at an unnamed street, Off Avan Street, Off Ekhator Street, Upper Sakponba Road, was desolate.
A metallic ash coloured Lexus SUV marked Ondo, NND 131 HV was parked in front of the new bungalow.
A neighbour, who craved anonymity, said she heard a gunshot inside the ACP residence about 5 pm on the fateful day.
She added that after the sound of the gun, a frightening and curious silence engulfed the entire building until his wife later broke the silence with a sorrowful scream.
She disclosed that operatives of Ugbekun police division later stormed the residence.
The late police officer was said to have hosted some youths in his area who visited him on Christmas day and gave them some money to celebrate the yuletide with their families.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Haliru Gwandu, who confirmed the case as suicide, explained that the pistol the late ACP used to commit the act was issued to him at the Ondo State Police Command from where he was recently posted to Edo.