Tragedy as Nigerian police officer shoots himself dead, gives clues on why he ended his life

Tragedy as Nigerian police officer shoots himself dead, gives clues on why he ended his life

- Some police officers in Imo state are puzzled about why one of their colleagues killed himself

- The Imo police command has narrated how officer Umor Godwin committed the act

- The authorities have ruled out suspicion of foul play in the incident

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A sad incident occurred on Wednesday, February 10, when a mobile police inspector attached to the headquarters of the Owerri police command shot and killed himself.

The Nation reported that the officer identified as Umor Godwin shot himself in a room in the headquarters.

Although the deceased did not leave any suicide note, a source told the publication that the officer had complained of being sick.

Tragedy as Nigerian police officer shoots himself dead, gives clues on why he ended his life
Police officers attached to the Owerri command were surprised by the incident. Photo: @PoliceNG
Source: Twitter

The shooting was said to have come as a shock to fellow officers at the command as nobody envisaged he would take his life.

The spokesperson for the Imo state police command, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the incident to The Guardian newspaper.

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Ikeokwu said:

“It just happened. He was an inspector and the mobile police deployed him there. His name is Umor Godwin. He entered a room there, known as camp, and other officers hear a gun noise. When they opened the door, they saw that he had shot himself and died.''

In another news, a former governor of Imo state, Ikedi Ohakim, is to be arraigned on a five-count charge bordering on cybercrime.

This Day reported that the office of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) will on February 15 arraign Ohakim alongside one Chinedu Okpareke over alleged harassment of a woman named Chinyere Amuchinwa.

The police accused the ex-governor and his co-accused of threatening to circulate unclad pictures of a lady if she refuses to drop the charges of attempted kidnap against them.

To news on security, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) said it will not allow the OcuppyLekkiTollGate protest scheduled for Saturday, February 13, to avoid the breakdown of law and order.

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Hakeem Odumosun, Lagos state commissioner of police, issued this warning during a press conference in Ikeja on Thursday, February 11.

Odumosu said the command has gathered intelligence that there are some "hidden agenda" behind the protest.

Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.


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