The police authorities have announced the death of a police inspector in Lagos State, identified as Okon Essien, who was reported to have committed suicide while he was locked up in detention for an alleged murder charge.
The officer was said to have committed suicide on Wednesday while he was in custody of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Yaba, where he was detained pending further interrogation and investigation.
This tragedy was made public in a statement released on Wednesday by the Lagos police spokesperson, DSP Bala Elkana.
Mr Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, explained that the officer killed himself in order to avoid trial. The late Inspector Okon Essien was detained for allegedly shooting and killing a civilian who goes by the name Hassan Usman.
Mr Essien and three other officers caught up with four suspects along Area 12, Offshore Oil Dangote Refinery Project, Akodo on January 31.
The four suspects who were intercepted are Samson Ugonah, Omachi Godwin, Hassan Usman and Prosper Okoye.
Although the offence for which the suspects were intercepted have not been disclosed by the police.
The Inspector (Okon Essien) was alleged to have shot at one of the suspects, Hassan Usman Stanley, resulting to his death.
DSP Elkana added that he (Okon) was, thereafter, arrested at Akodo alongside his three colleagues; Lawrence Adegboye, Olorunloju Olusegun and Ovbioghi Joseph.
“The policemen were arrested and taken to State CID Yaba for investigation. While in custody, the said Inspector Okon Essien is alleged to have killed himself,” DSP Elkana said.
The corpse of Inspector Okon Essien has been deposited at the mortuary for autopsy as the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, strictly ordered more analytic investigation into the case, to find out the precise cause of death.