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Justice minister to probe death of man in EFCC’s custody

16 August 2016, 19:54

Abuja - The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has called for an independent inquiry into how a former Chief Protocol Officer to the Minister of State for Defence, Desmond Nunugwo, died in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Punch reports.

News24 had reported that Desmond died on June 9, 2016, barely six hours after he was arrested by the EFCC for his alleged role in a N91m fraud.

The family of the deceased had, however, denied the allegation, insisting that he was arrested unjustly.

The lawyer of the family, Paul Edeh, led relatives of the victim to the Ministry of Justice on Monday where Malami commiserated with them.

The AGF described Desmond’s death as a big loss as he had served meritoriously under four former ministers.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday said one of its suspects, Desmond Nunugwo, died after being taken into custody.

Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesperson of EFCC in a statement in Abuja said the suspect’s death was confirmed at a hospital where he was rushed to after he took ill.

He stated that the late suspect was alleged to have fraudulently obtained N91 million from an acquaintance under false pretext.

- News 24


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