The incident occurred at the Police Barracks on Sagamu Road in Ikorodu on New Year’s Eve.
late Mrs Asuquo, whose late husband, Inspector Uwem Asuquo was yet to
be buried, was said to have drunk sniper, an insecticide, out of
According to her 19-year-old son, Shadrach, who
rushed her to the Ikorodu General Hospital, she had been depressed since
her husband died last November.
He said he ran into his mother’s
room, after perceiving an insecticide’s odour around the living room
and found her writhing in pains.
Shadrach told The Nation on
telephone that he and his younger brother, Daniel had gone to their
aunt’s place to help her clean her new apartment, adding that they found
their mother watching television when they returned.
He said she
watched them go into the kitchen to take their food, adding that she
later went into the kitchen to take her own food and went to her room.
Shadrach said: “She has been depressed since my father died in police custody but she has never attempted suicide.
“That day I and my brother went to my aunt’s place to help her wash the house because she was moving to their house in Ikorodu.
“When we got back, she was sitting in the parlour watching television.
brother and I went to the kitchen to take our food. After we had eaten,
she went into the kitchen to take her food and went inside her room.
“I went to the toilet; when I got back to the sitting room, I started perceiving the odour of the insecticide.
“Then, I ran into her room and saw her on the floor holding her stomach. Immediately I took her to the hospital where she died.”
The late Inspector Asuquo was attached to the Area ‘C’ Command in Surulere, Lagos Mainland.
His older brother, Peter, said the family was awaiting police directives on his funeral, since he died in service.
brother was serving at Orile before the incident that led to his
detention. He was involved in accidental discharge; he fled but turned
himself in two days later.
“He was healthy and did not show any
sign of sickness. But surprisingly, one of my brothers called me that
day that I should leave whatever I was doing and come to the station.
“By the time I got there, he has already been taken to a hospital and he was vomiting some things that I cannot explain.
“He died that same day and the police conducted autopsy on him, which showed that he had hypertension and diabetes.
brother was not dismissed because his second wife told us that they
received alert for the payment of his November and December salaries.
just want to beg the police to conclude all processes and pay his
pension and other entitlements so that his children (three) as well as
his aged father do not suffer unduly,” he said.
When contacted, the state command’s Deputy Public Relations Officer, Aliyu Giwa confirmed Mrs Asuquo’s death.
Giwa declined comment on the bereaved family’s welfare, saying that was an administrative matter.
Commissioner Fatai Owoseni said the issue had not been brought to his
notice, adding that there are laid down procedures for all cases.