EFCC arrests its own officials who allegedly murdered colleague

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed the arrest of its officials involved in a fatal incident. The spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, stated during a press conference in Abuja that “They had disagreed over procedures for the custody of items belonging to a suspect in detention, leading to a fight, a conduct which the commission frowns at.”

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The suspects, Apata Odunayo and Ogbuji Tochukwu, have been suspended by the commission and handed over to the Nigeria Police Force. They are facing charges of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide, as revealed by Uwujaren: “The latest information is that a two-count holding charge bordering on criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide has been filed against them at a Chief Magistrates’ Court, Gwiwa in Sokoto.”

The incident resulted in the death of a cadet named Abel Isah, who passed away on May 7, 2023, at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital in Sokoto. Isah was allegedly beaten by his senior colleagues, Odunayo and Tochukwu, after he refused to sign off on incomplete exhibits seized from a fraud suspect.

Uwujaren added that the suspects will also face disciplinary measures within the EFCC in accordance with the commission’s staff regulations. He conveyed Chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa’s condolences to the grieving family.

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