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Civil servant dies in EFCC custody shortly after arrest

15 August 2016, 07:17

Abuja - Operatives at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have been accused of killing a man after he perished following his arrest.

According to Punch, Desmond Nunugwo was apprehended into EFCC custody on June 9, following which his wife, Susanne, attempted to contact him to no avail.

Susanne has reported that she had no knowledge of his arrest, and was contacted by operatives the next day to come and collect her husband, who had been released on bail.

Upon her arrival at the EFCC officers, his release was delayed until finally, operatives released a statement disclosing Desmond's death.

“The EFCC called me to their office to come and bail my husband while he was already at the mortuary.

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“I later received a phone call from a former colleague of mine that he had read the news online that my husband was arrested for fraud and he had died,” Susanne stated.

Upon questioning why her husband had been arrested, the bereaved wife was told that a petition had been filed against him by a colleague.

Susanne went on to berate EFCC officials, adding that they had labelled her husband a fraudster before proceeding to kill him.

Amaechi Ihezie, nephew of the deceased, claimed that the EFCC was overzealous in its approach, stating that the Ministry of Defense had not even been informed of Desmond's arrest even though he had been in their service for over 10 years.

The EFCC has restated that the deceased had conducted fraud and was kept in detention as a result.

Read more at Punch

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