19th December, 2011
Contrary to the directive of the Inspector-General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, that an autopsy be conducted on the corpse of late Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Ganiyu Ali Dawodu, to determine the cause of death, family of the Lagos-born police officer have buried him.
Dawodu who died in his hotel room Thursday night was buried on Saturday at the Ikoyi cemetery after Islamic prayers at his residence in Ikorodu.
Investigations revealed that he owned the hotel where he died. His female companion at the time of the incident, a Deputy Superintendent of Police from Port Harcourt, P.M.NEWS gathered, was arrested and flown to Abuja for interrogation.
Police sources disclosed that the family of the deceased met immediately after the IGP was notified of his death and chose Saturday for his burial.
Ringim had while commenting on the death of the late DIG told fellow officers that he had ordered a post mortem to be performed on the corpse to determine the actual cause of death. He said this was necessary to serve as a lesson to other officers to check their health status regularly.
Police sources confirmed to P.M.NEWS this morning that the family of the deceased felt that the IGP directive on autopsy was unnecessary because the deceased was a staunch muslim.
â€œThey said they didnâ€™t believe in autopsy and that the IGP order was unnecessary. You know the deceased was a staunch muslim,â€ a police officer told P.M.NEWS.
The late Dawodu was born on June 26, 1953 in Lagos and was appointed as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1981 after his graduation from the University of Ibadan, where he studied sociology.
He also served as Assistant Inspector General of Police in Zone 1, Kano; Zone 12, Bauchi and AIG in charge of force intelligence unit until he was promoted as a DIG in September 2010.
The late Dawodu had also served in several states as senior police officer and as Commissioner of Police in Osun, Sokoto and Kano states.
Dawodu who was survived by an aged father, wives children, brothers and sisters, was a member of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, and was also decorated with the Nigeria Police Medal.
â€”Wole Adeboye/Ayodeji Dedeigbo