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The Punch reports that Mr Odesanya was said to have died on Tuesday, January 31 morning at an unnamed hospital outside Nigeria after a brief illness.

Rivers state commissioner of police Francis Bolaji Odesanya died outside Nigeria's shores.

According to Sahara Reporters, quoting police sources, Odesanya died of kidney failure in an India hospital.

Vanguard quotes Rivers state Police spokesperson DSP Nnamdi Omoni as saying that though he has  heard the report, he was waiting for official confirmation from Force headquarters in Abuja.
Odesanya was the commissioner of police in Rivers state for just about six months after he was was transferred to the oil-rich south-south state in August 2016.

He took over from Foluso Adebanjo, who was elevated to the rank of a Deputy Inspector General of Police DIG after just few months in Rivers.

Late Odesanya joined the police on February 2, 1986 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent.

Recall that it was Odesanya that Rivers Governor Nyesome Wike accused of withdrawing his security detail on the orders of the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris in Abuja.

There were also reports late in 2016 that police authorities could sanction Odesanya for his role in the foiling of the arrest of a judge of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt by Wike.

The governor had blocked the arrest of the Judge by operatives of the DSS in the early hours of the fateful day and Odesanya was accused of helping the governor to carry out the act.
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