Susanne, the widow of the Chief
Protocol Officer to the Minister of State
for Defence, Mr. Desmond Nunugwo,
has accused the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, of killing her
husband and labelling him a criminal.
The widow at the weekend recalled
that she called her husband’s phone
repeatedly but it was switched off as
she did not know he was in EFCC’s
custody in Wuse 2, Abuja.
“Around 3pm on June 9, my husband
had gone to pick up our son from
school and they both returned home.
He later went out. Around 6pm, I called
his line and it rang once. I tried his
number several times later, but it was
off,” Susanne told Punch.
“The next morning, I got
apprehensive when he didn’t come
home. However, around 3.48pm,
someone called me with his phone and
said my husband was in the EFCC’s
custody and I should come to bail
Susanne said on getting to the EFCC,
she was told to go and get a man
because being a woman, her husband
could not be released on bail to her.
She said, “The EFCC later called me to
their office to come and bail my
husband while he was already at the
“I later received a phone call from a
former colleague of mine that he had
read the news online that my husband
was arrested for fraud and he had
The widow said she was informed that
her husband’s arrest was sequel to a
petition written by one Uloma, his
Susanne said, “She (Uloma) told the
EFCC that she met my husband on a
flight in 2012 when he was on his way
to the US where I went to give birth.
She said my husband introduced her to
a third party with whom she did a
Susanne berated the EFCC for labelling
her husband a fraudster even after
causing his death, adding that the anti-
graft agency must clear his name.
The nephew of the deceased, Amaechi
Ihezie, also told Punch that when he
visited the EFCC, investigators told him
that Desmond slumped and died.
“The EFCC told me that before he died,
he wrote a statement of four pages.
They gave him his phone to make calls
for about two hours and then nobody
came to bail him and so they said they
transferred him to their head office and
that a few hours later, he started to
complain of discomfort and slumped.
They said he was rushed to the hospital
and confirmed dead,” he added.
In a petition addressed to the Attorney-
General and Minister of Justice,
Abubakar Malami (SAN), the lawyer of
the family, Mr. Paul Edeh, alleged a
cover-up in the case.
The petition partly read, “The EFCC has
blatantly refused that a post-mortem
examination should be carried out on
the body so as not to be indicted. This
may have been the reason why more
than two months after Desmond’s
death, no move has been made to carry
out an autopsy.
“After many visits by our clients to
the EFCC and the police, both agencies
have maintained that Desmond died a
natural death. One, therefore, wonders
how both the police and the EFCC could
come up with such a common position
in the absence of a medical
examination to determine the cause of
EFCC had said in a statement by its
spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, that
the deceased allegedly fraudulently
obtained N91m from an acquaintance
after he tricked her into believing that
he had high net worth business
associates in Dubai, who were on the
verge of buying NICON Insurance, and
convinced her of their disposition to
help her stockfish business.
She then allegedly transferred N91m
into an account, Mainage General
Merchants, in Diamond Bank.
“After the transfer of the funds, he
became evasive forcing the
complainant to report to the EFCC.
Consequently, he was arrested in
Utako, Abuja, at about 5.33pm on
Thursday, June 9, 2016.
“He admitted to 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.”
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