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Police arrests EFCC officials for killing colleague over items recovered from suspect

  • Two officials from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) were apprehended for the murder of a fellow officer during a dispute over valuable belongings seized from a detainee.
  • The incident occurred at the EFCC Sokoto Zonal Command, and the accused officers are Assistant Superintendent Apata Oluwaseun Odunayo and Inspector Ogbuji Titu Tochukwu.
  • The EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, confirmed the arrests and announced the filing of charges against the offenders for culpable homicide.

In a tragic turn of events, two members of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have been taken into custody for the untimely demise of a fellow officer.

The motive behind the heinous act stems from a dispute regarding the valuable possessions and assets confiscated from a detainee.

The EFCC, in an official statement released on Tuesday, disclosed that the implicated individuals served at the Sokoto Zonal Command of the Commission.

The suspects have been identified as Assistant Superintendent Apata Oluwaseun Odunayo and Inspector Ogbuji Titu Tochukwu.

According to sources, the ill-fated incident occurred when a disagreement unfolded between the deceased officer, Inspector Abel Isah Dickson, and his colleagues.

The altercation escalated to the point where Odunayo and Tochukwu inflicted severe injuries on Inspector Dickson, who was subsequently rushed to the hospital.

Regrettably, Inspector Dickson succumbed to his injuries on May 7, leaving behind a grieving community.

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EFCC’s Executive Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, addressed the tragic occurrence during a press briefing on Tuesday.

Bawa revealed that the duo responsible for the fatal assault now faces a two-count charge of culpable homicide.

The Chairman expressed deep sadness over the loss of Inspector Dickson and conveyed the Commission’s commitment to ensuring justice is served.

The late officer was laid to rest on Saturday, May 13, 2023, in Jos, Plateau State, amidst mournful farewells from family, friends, and colleagues.

Reflecting on the incident, Bawa expressed profound regret, stating, “The officer’s demise on May 7, 2023, at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital in Sokoto, where he was receiving treatment for injuries sustained during a scuffle with two other staff members, Assistant Superintendent Apata Oluwaseun Odunayo and Inspector Ogbuji Titu Tochukwu.”

Bawa further added, “The disagreement arose from conflicting views on the proper handling of items belonging to a detainee, a conduct that the Commission strongly disapproves of.”

Recognizing the gravity of the situation, the Commission swiftly suspended the two officers involved and handed them over to the Nigerian Police for a thorough investigation and potential prosecution.

Providing an update on the legal proceedings, Bawa informed that the accused officers are now facing a two-count charge encompassing criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide.

These charges have been filed against them at the Chief Magistrate Court in Gwiwa, Sokoto. Bawa clarified that both offenses carry penalties as defined by Sections 60 and 191 of the Sokoto State Penal Code Law of 2019.

While respecting the ongoing police investigation, Bawa emphasized that the EFCC would also impose additional disciplinary measures in accordance with the Commission’s staff regulations.

It is crucial to address this tragic incident thoroughly and ensure that the responsible individuals are held accountable for their actions.


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