An Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Egbe Eko Edum, has been axed to death by unknown gunmen in Calabar, Cross River State capital.
According to news reports, ACP Edum, the Commanding Officer of No. 73 Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadron, Magumeri, Borno state, was murdered on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 in cold blood.
He was axed at about 1:00am in the morning, near his house along Murtala Mohammed Highway by Pepsi, Calabar.
ACP Edum who was serving in Borno State had just arrived Calabar from Abuja where he attended a meeting with the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, alongside other Mobile Police (MOPOL) commanders when he was attacked.
“When his vehicle broke down at the highway, and while he was trying to call his family to come pick him up, that was when he was attacked and hacked to death with axe.
“His house is close to the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) office along the Murtala Muhammed Highway here in Calabar”, an eyewitness who spoke under anonymity disclosed.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Cross River State, DSP Irene Ugbo, when contacted, confirmed the sad news.
She siad: “That unfortunate incident is true, I just confirmed it now. He is an Assistant Commissioner of Police who served 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 1:am when the incident happened.”
“I learnt that they used axe on him. I don’t know his name; investigations will be launched”.
Meanwhile, residents of the area woke up in shock to see the broken down vehicle still parked there with blood stains.
ACP Egbe Eko Edum, a Cross Riverian, 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 at that time.
He was then posted to 73 Police Mobile Force Squadron in Magumeri, Borno State as commander.
Magumeri is one of the Local Government Areas devastated by Boko Haram and is about 50 kilometers away from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
At the time of filing this report, his corpse has been deposited at the mortuary.