The police officer, Christopher Nosakhare Osakue, was said to have shot himself in the head with his service pistol inside his private residence in Upper Sokponba area of Benin City, after sending a woman and a little boy living with him on an errand to make his suicide plan unhindered.
The late Osakue was said to have suffered a partial stroke few years ago and was gradually recovering from it.
He did not leave any suicide note.
A neighbour told journalists that she heard a gunshot inside the ACP residence about 5pm that fateful day, Wednesday, adding that it was his wife who later broke the silence with a sorrowful scream. The ACP family members could not be reached for comment.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Haliru Gwandu, said the pistol the late police officer used to commit the act was signed for in Ondo State police command from where he was recently posted to Edo Police Command.