Tuesday, August 16, 2016

AGF orders investigaton into death of man in EFCC’s custody

Following the death of a former Chief Protocol Officer to the Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Desmond Nunugwo in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Attorney General, AGF, of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, has called for an independent inquiry.
The AGF described Desmond’s death as a big loss as he had served meritoriously under four former ministers.

The AGF, in a statement on Monday said, “I will give direction for investigations to commence immediately. I will also demand explanations from the EFCC to furnish me with the details of the case.

“It is the responsibility of every government agency to protect the sanctity of lives. As the chief law officer of the country, I will not compromise investigations.”

It would be recalled that barely six hours after he was arrested by the EFCC on June 9, 2016, Desmond died in custody.

He was arrested for his alleged role in a N91m fraud.

His family had insisted that he was arrested unjustly.

The family lawyer, Mr. Paul Edeh, urged the minister to ensure that the investigations were thorough and comprehensive and that those responsible for Desmond’s death were punished.

Backed by Edeh, the deceased’s widow, Susanne, who narrated how her husband was arrested without the knowledge of relatives, said he was held incommunicado for several hours.

She lamented that she had not been able to see the corpse of her husband since his death two months ago, requesting that her husband’s name be cleared as he had been declared guilty by the EFCC and was no longer alive to defend himself.

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