How fraud suspect died in EFCC custody

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

According to Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media & Publicity of the EFCC, “his death was confirmed at the hospital where he was rushed after he suddenly took ill”.

The late fraud suspect was alleged to have collected N91 million from an acquaintance “after he tricked her into believing that he had high net worth business associates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates who were at the verge of buying Nicon Insurance and convinced her of their disposition to help her stock fish business.”

The acquaintance subsequently wired N91m into Nunugwo’s account -Mainagge General Merchants- in Diamond Bank and after he received the fund, the deceased fraud suspect “became evasive forcing the complainant to report the transaction to the EFCC”.

“Nunugwo was arrested in Utako, Abuja at about 5.33pm on Thursday, June 9, 2016. His statement was taken, where he admitted receiving the money from the complainant, with the additional information that he transferred N30m of the said money to Norway. But he could not explain the whereabouts of the balance of N61m.”

“The suspect was detained at about 7.30pm, in the absence of anybody to take him on bail. Six hours later, he suddenly complained of discomfort and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead,” said the statement by Uwujaren.

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