The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has announced that two of its officials, Apata Odunayo and Ogbuji Tochukwu, who were reportedly involved in a brawl that resulted in the death of a cadet in the Sokoto Zonal Command of the anti-graft commission, Abel Isah have been arrested.
The suspects were arraigned before a Chief Magistrates’ Court, Gwiwa in Sokoto for criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide.
The anti-graft agency also said that the suspects have been suspended by the commission and handed over to the Nigeria Police Force.
This was disclosed by Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC spokesperson, on Tuesday during a press conference at the commission’s headquarters, Abuja.
Reports sat Isah was allegedly beaten to death by Odunayo and Tochukwu who were his senior colleagues, over the deceased’s insistence that he won’t sign off on incomplete exhibits seized from a suspected scammer, that was handed over to him.
Uwajaren at the press conference said Isah died on May 7, 2023, at the Usman Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, where he was admitted to receive treatment for injuries he sustained.
He said, “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.
“The two officers with whom he disagreed have been suspended by the commission and handed over to the Nigeria police for further investigation and possible prosecution.
“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.
Uwujaren added that both offences were punishable under Sections 60 and 191 of the Sokoto State Penal Code Law, 2019.
In addition to the police investigation, the EFCC spokesman said the suspects will face further disciplinary measures in line with the commission’s staff regulations.
He quoted the commission’s chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, as sending condolences to the bereaved family.
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