IGP, Usman Alkali Baba
The Bayelsa State Police Command has been thrown into mourning following the sudden death of an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Asufi.
Sources at the Police headquarters in Yenagoa said Asufi, who is in charge of administration, slumped and died on his duty post on Tuesday afternoon.
The spokesman of Police in Bayelsa, SP Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the demise of the ACP said it was a sad day for the command.
The deceased, who hailed from Ekwani community in Delta State, was said to be amiable and easy going officer who related well with the rank and file.
A visit to the Police headquarters on Wednesday showed that the mood was solemn and mournful as officers who were seen in groups expressed shock at the demise of Asufi.
“This life is full of mysteries , this is incredible,. Many of us saw him come into the headquarters smiling and exchanging pleasantries with everyone including the rank and file, he is a unifying point between the rank and file.
“Oga Asufi was an exemplary officer who did not spare any effort in putting smiles on the faces of all who came across him, he was very charismatic and forthright and an exemplary christian whose faith reflected in his work.
“But we were shocked when an alarm was raised that he slumped. They had to rush him to the Federal Medical Centre where he was confirmed dead,” one officer said amidst tears.
It was furter learnt that the Gov Douye Diri, was among the early callers who condoled with the Bayelsa Commissioner of Police, Ben Okoro on the incident.
Asufi, who until his demise was a student of the Nigerian Law School in Yenagoa had also served as Chief Security Officer to the Bayelsa Government House and Commander of the State Security Outfit, Operation Door Akpor