EFCC officers arrested, charged with killing junior colleague

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has confirmed the arrest of two of its officials, Apata Odunayo and Ogbuji Tochukwu, who were allegedly involved in a scuffle that led to the death of a cadet, Abel Isah, in the Sokoto Zonal Command of the anti-graft commission.

The suspects have been charged with criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide at a Chief Magistrate Court, Gwiwa in Sokoto.

According to reports, Isah was allegedly beaten to death by Odunayo and Tochukwu, who are his senior colleagues, over the deceased’s refusal to sign off on incomplete exhibits seized from a fraud suspect that was handed over to him.

Reacting to the development at a press conference on Tuesday, the spokesperson for the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwajaren, said Isah died while receiving treatment for injuries incurred during a scuffle with his colleagues, Odunayo and Tochukwu.

“The 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.

“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.”

Uwujaren added they will, in addition, face further disciplinary measures in line with the commission’s staff regulation, without prejudice to the police investigation.

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