A Chief Armourer with the Kaduna State Police Command, Nambol Audu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, committed suicide in the early hours of Friday, the police authorities said. Audu was arrested on Monday for allegedly stealing firearms and attempted selling them to criminals.
He was reported to have shot himself on the chest while in detention at about 5.am on Friday. Confirming the incident, the state Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, said preliminary investigation revealed that Audu killed himself.
However, it was not clear how the chief armourer got the gun with which he shot himself since he was in the police custody as of the time the incident occurred.
The late Audu and two others were on Monday arrested as they allegedly drove into the police armoury at night where they loaded firearms into a private vehicle.
Parading the suspects before journalists during the week in Kaduna, the commissioner said the security men on guard suspected foul play and stopped the vehicle from leaving the premises. The commissioner said upon interrogation, Audu could not give satisfactory account of his action.