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Suspect dies in EFCC custody

11 June 2016, 06:31

Abuja - 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.

He added that Nunugwo had tricked his victim into believing that he had high business associates in Dubai and United Arab Emirates who were at the verge of buying Nicon Insurance.

The spokesperson said that the suspect had convinced his victim of his disposition to help her start stock fish business.

``Consequently, the victim wired N91 million into Nunugwo’s nominated account in a new generation bank.

``After the transfer of funds, Nunugwo became evasive, forcing the victim to report the transaction to EFCC.
``Nunugwo was arrested in Utako, Abuja, at about 17:33 on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

``His statement was taken, where he admitted receiving the money from the complainant, with additional information that he transferred N30 million of the said money to Norway.''

The EFCC spokesperson said that the suspect, who could not explain the whereabouts of the balance of N61 million was detained at about 19:30 in the absence of anybody to take him on bail.

``Six hours later, he suddenly complained of discomfort and was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

``The incident has already been reported at the Wuse Police Station, where investigation into the cause of the sudden death has commenced.'' 


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