According to reports, Akpan who was fondly referred to as SO, had just returned from the field and was in his office preparing for another operation when he .
A police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity, said
“He returned from an operation and was to lead members of his team to arrest some criminals. They were waiting for him to change and come out but they did not see him. When his boys did not see him after a while, they went to his office and knocked on the door but got no response. At first, they thought he might have gone out and so, they decided to call his phone.
Surprisingly, his phone was ringing inside his office but no one picked it. So, they became suspicious and forced the door open. That was how they saw him on his chair motionless.
They rushed him to the hospital but he was confirmed dead on arrival. His death is still a shock to many officers working at SARS. He has been posted as 2IC of IRT Port Harcourt and was waiting for release to go.”
Police sources say this is the third death recorded in the unit within the last one month.