Suspect Dies in EFCC Custody Hours After Arrest

Ibrahim Magu, EFCC Chairman
Ibrahim Magu, EFCC Chairman

A suspect being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Desmond Nunugwo, has died few hours after he was taken into custody by operatives of the anti graft agency on Friday.

He was confirmed dead at the hospital where he was rushed after he suddenly took ill.

According to EFCC’s head of media and publicity, Wilson Uwajuren, late Nunugwu was alleged to have fraudulently obtained the sum of N91 million from an acquaintance after he tricked her into believing that he had high net worth business associates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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She wired the said amount into Nunugwo’s nominated account in Diamond Bank.

Shortly after the funds were transferred, Nunugwo became evasive, forcing the complainant to report the transaction to the EFCC.

Consequently, Nunugwo was arrested in Utako, Abuja on Thursday.

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He admitted receiving the money from the complainant, adding that he had transferred N30m to Norway, but he could not explain the whereabouts of the balance of N61m.

The suspect was detained and about six hours later he started complaining of discomfort and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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According to Uwujaren, 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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