IGP Orders Probe of Death of Policeman Detained in Kogi

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The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has ordered in-depth investigations into the remote circumstances surrounding the demise of a Police Inspector, Inspector Atobaloye Taiye in Kogi state.

This was made known on Saturday by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi.

Inspector Atobaloye was on Quick Intervention Special duty from Oke-Onigbin Divisional Headquarters, Kwara State, to the Zone 8 Command Headquarters, Lokoja, which covers Kogi and Kwara States.

The FPRO said, “Details from the Zonal Headquarters report showed that the inspector was posted on the 1st of April, 2023, reported on the 11th of April and was immediately posted as part of the team manning the main gate of the Zonal Command Headquarters.

“However, he failed to report at the duty post and went missing in action for nine (9) days, only to resurface on the 19th of April in a drunken state.

“He was eventually defaulted and detained for absence from duty and drunkenness.

“While on detention, he reportedly took ill and was moved to the Police Clinic, then referred to the Federal Medical Centre Lokoja, where he eventually gave up the ghost.”

The Inspector General of Police, while commiserating with the families, friends and loved ones of the deceased, has tasked the Criminal Investigation Department’s Homicide Unit of the Kogi State Command to commence investigations and conduct a postmortem examination on the corpse in order to determine the cause(s) of his death.

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