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ACP Osung Ekpo

Assistant Commissioner of Police dies catching fun in a Lagos hotel

A senior police officer on Sunday night drowned in a swimming pool in Lekki, Lagos.

The late Osung Ekpo, who was an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), was Commander, Area K, Morogbo in Badagry. He drowned in the swimming pool of La Avalon Hotel in Lekki.

He was said to have gone there with some of his friends to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Renowned for his doggedness in tackling criminals, particularly the One Million Boys, who have been terrorising communities under his command, the late Ekpo was said to have been rushed to a nearby hospital in Ajah, where he was confirmed dead.

It was learnt that the Area J Police Command received a signal at about 8pm and rushed to the hotel.

His body has been deposited in the morgue of a military hospital.

It was learnt that the late Ekpo visited another senior colleague about three hours before his death.

The news of his death has thrown the Lagos Police Command into mourning.

A Divisional Police Officer (DPO), who worked under him, told The Nation that Ekpo was friendly and humble and had passion for his job.

“He went to celebrate Valentine and to also rest because he has been working very hard. He was a very jovial man and a good police officer too. This is a terrible loss. It is the worst Valentine gift the police can get,” he said.

The command’s spokesperson, Dolapo Badmos, a Superintendent of Police (SP), who confirmed his death, said the late Ekpo went to the hotel for a swimming exercise.

She said: “The Lagos State Police Command regrets to announce the death of Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Osung Ekpo, who until his death was the Area Commander, Area ‘K’ Morogbo.

“The death occurred on Sunday, February 14, while having his routine swimming exercise in a pool. ACP Osung Ekpo was enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force in 1990, and worked in various formations of the Force.

“He assumed his last duty post as Area Commander, Area ‘K’ Morogbo on November 14, 2013, a position he held until his untimely death.

“The Command will miss him for his gallantry performance while he held forth as the Area Commander. Lagos State Police Command sympathises with his family and prays that Almighty God gives them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. “


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