BY Archibong Jeremiah & Patrick Obia
Our newsroom has confirmed the identity of the Assistant Commissioner (ACP) of Police axed to death this morning in Calabar, Nigeria’s first Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The slain ACP is Egbe Eko Edum, until his death he was Commanding Officer of No.73 Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadron, Magumeri, Borno State.
The attack which took place in the early hours of today (Wednesday) December 2, 2020 at about 1am along Murtala Mohammed Highway by Pepsi by yet to be identified men.
Confirming the death of the Assistant Police Commissioner, DSP Irene Ugho, State Police Public Relations Officer further revealed “I just confirmed it now. He is an Assistant Commissioner of Police who serves in Borno State; he is not serving here.
“I think he was coming to see his family here in Cross River, he arrived Calabar as at about 1am when the incident happened. I learnt that they used axe on him, investigations will be launched”.
At the time of filing this report, his corpse has been deposited at the mortuary.
Below is the picture of a car believed to be owned by the late ACP stained with blood.
ACP Egbe Eko Edum, a native of Abi Local Government Area in central Cross River, is said to be the nephew of Cross River Deputy Governor, Professor Ivara Esu.
The late cop’s mother is said to be Professor Esu’s sibling.
He was promoted to the rank of ACP in March 2019 in what was the largest promotion approved by the Police Service Commission.
8,916 officers were said to be promoted.
He was then posted to 73 Police Mobile Force Squadron in Magumeri, Borno State as command.
Sources close to his family say he had reached out to his wife to assist him after his vehicle, a white Honda CRV broke down. The wife is said to have met him lying down near his vehicle with what looked like cuts from axes and machetes.
He was initially taken to Bakor hospital, a private facility which is nearby the scene of the incident. He was referred immediately but gave up the ghost moments later while been transported to the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital.
His death has sparked a conversation on social media about the security situation in the State.
Kidnappings, gang wars and petty thievery have reportedly increased with a recent report listing the State as the most insecure amongst the six States of the South-South region.