An Assistant Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Asufi slumped and died on duty on Tuesday afternoon.
He was in charge of administration at the Bayelsa Police Command, Yenagoa.
The spokesman of the Command, Suprentendent of Police Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the demise of the senior police officer, described Tuesday as a sad day for the Command.
The deceased, who hailed from Ekwani community in Delta State, was described as an amiable and easy-going officer who related well with the rank and file.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who visited the Police headquarters, reports that the mood was pensive as the personnel in groups expressed shock at the incident.
“This life is full of mysteries. The death of the officer is incredible. Many of us saw him coming to the headquarters, smiling and exchanging pleasantries with everyone. He was a unifying factor between the rank and file.
“Oga Asufi was an exemplary officer who did not spare any effort at putting smiles on the faces of all who came across him. He was very charismatic and forthright. He was an exemplary Christian whose faith reflected in his conduct.
“We were shocked when an alarm was raised that he had slumped and was dying. He was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre where he was confirmed dead”, an officer said, amidst tears.
It was further learnt that Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri was among the early callers at the Police headquarters to condole with the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ben Okoro.
Asufi was a student of Nigerian Law School in Yenagoa at the time of his death. He had served as Chief Security Officer at the state Government House and Commander of the State Security Outfit, Operation Door Akpor. (NAN)