From Fred Itua, Abuja

Two operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Assistant Superintendent, Apata Oluwaseun Odunayo, and Inspector Ogbuji Titu Tochukwu, over their involvement in the death of another operative of the Commission, Inspector Abel Isah Dickson.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, Director of Media and Publicity of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, said the unfortunate incident happened at “our Sokoto Zonal Command, which is suspected to have led to the death of one of our young officers.”

He said Dickson passed away on May 7, 2023, at the Usmanu DanFodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto where he was receiving treatment for injuries he sustained, two days earlier, in a scuffle with two other staff.

Uwujaren explained: “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.”

He said two officers with whom he had a disagreement have been suspended by the Commission and handed over to the Nigeria Police for further investigation and possible prosecution.

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“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 Magistrate Court, Gwiwa in Sokoto. Both offences are punishable under Sections 60 and 191 of the Sokoto State Penal Code Law, 2019,” he said.

“Without prejudice to the Police investigation,” he said, “they will, in addition, face further disciplinary measures in line with the Commission’s staff regulation.

“The Executive Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa is saddened by the incident and has extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. He has, in addition, assured that the Commission will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that those implicated in the death of the officer are brought to justice.

“He equally warned staff of the Commission to ensure that their conduct at all times is moderated by the established code of behaviour as no act of indiscipline would be tolerated.

“Meanwhile, the remains of the late officer were interred on Saturday, May 13, 2023, in Jos, Plateau State.”

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