The Moment (London)

17 December 2011

Nigeria: Police DIG Dies in Lagos Hotel Room

HOMICIDE detectives attached to the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID), Panti Street, Lagos, have commenced investigations into the death of Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Ganiyu Dawodu, who died in suspicious circumstances in a hotel in Lagos.

A security source told The Moment that Dawodu, who was in Lagos to represent the Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, in an official assignment died in the hotel in Ikorodu area of Lagos State, on Thursday night in mysterious circumstances.

It was gathered that a female police officer, simply identified as Nike, raised an alarm calling for help when she discovered that Dawodu became unconscious, but he gave up the ghost before any help could reach him.

The incident was said to have happened in Marvel Hotel, Ikorodu.

Nike, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) is said to be serving in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Dawodu, who until his death was in charge of the 'D' Department FCID, Abuja, was promoted to DIG on September 29, 2010 alongside with six others.

Confirming his death, the Police authorities in Abuja announced his obituary without details of the cause of his death.

The obituary announcement, sourced from the police official website reads: 'OBITUARY: The Inspector-General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, on behalf of the Police management regrets to announce the death of DIG Ganiyu Dawodu NPM, mni.

Although the real cause of his death is yet to be medically ascertained, it was gathered that the deceased before his death suffered from an undisclosed ailment, which might be related to heart disease. He was said to have just returned from overseas where he went for treatment.

Police maintained sealed lips over the matter, as the Lagos State Police Public Relations officer, Samuel Jinadu declined comments.

Efforts to reach the Force Public Relations officer, Olusola Amore also proved abortive, as he did not pick his calls.

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