Post-Valentine: Police ACP, Osung Ekpo Drowns in Hotel Pool

The Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Police on Sunday
recorded a painful loss of a senior officer, Assistant Commissioner
of Police (ACP) Osung Ekpo.
Ekpo who was the Area K Commander, Morogbo drowned on
Sunday night in a swimming pool located inside La Avalon Hotel
in Lekki.
He was said to have gone there with some of his friends to
celebrate Valentine’s Day but died in mysterious circumstance.
Renowned for his doggedness in tackling criminals, particularly
the alleged One Million Boys who had unleashed mayhem on
communities under his command, he was said to have been
rushed to a nearby hospital in Ajah, where he was confirmed
dead.
Although the exact time he drowned could not be ascertained, it
was learnt that the Area J police command received the signal at
about 8pm and rushed to the hotel.
After he was confirmed dead, The Nation gathered that his body
was deposited at a military hospital in the Island.
It was further learnt that Ekpo had visited another senior colleague
of his about three hours before his death.
The news of his death however left many police officers in sad
mood especially the Divisional Police Officers who worked under
him.
One of the DPOs who does not want his name mentioned told
The Nation that Ekpo was a friendly and humble man, who had
strong passion for his job.
He stated that the deceased ACP has hardly rested since the
rumour of activities of the One Million Boys started.
“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.
However, the state command’s spokesperson, Dolapo Badmos,
an SP, who confirmed his death, said 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 the year 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 sympathizes with his family and prays that Almighty
God give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. “
A gallant officer, Ekpo had served at various units and Divisions of
the police.
He was DPO of several police stations in Lagos.
He also served at the Nigeria Police Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Ikoyi,
Lagos before he was promoted to the rank of an Assistant
Commissioner of police and posted to the North.
He was however transferred to Lagos and made the Area K
Commander.
His posting to that command was triggered by the growing rate
of smuggling activities.
He was said to have dared the smugglers and decimated them
during the period he spent there.

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