Law and Crime

EFCC Officials Arrested for Allegedly Killing Colleague over Items Recovered from Suspect

By Gloria Afajagbe

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested two officers identified as ASP Apata Odunayo and Insp.Ogbuji Tochukwu for allegedly killing their colleague Insp. Abel Dickson over valuable items and property seized from a suspect in detention.

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The Executive Chairman of EFCC, CFE Abdulrasheed Bawa while confirming the arrest of the officers to journalists, noted that a two-count charge of culpable homicide has been filed against the duo.

“The officer passed away on May 7, 2023, at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto where he was receiving treatment for injuries he sustained, two days earlier, in a scuffle with two other staff: Assistant Superintendent of EFCC, Apata Oluwaseun Odunayo and Inspector of EFCC, Ogbuji Titu Tochukwu.

“They had disagreed over procedures for the custody of items belonging to a suspect in detention, leading to a fight, a conduct which the Commission frowns at.

“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”.

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CFE Bawa added that without prejudice to the police investigation, that the officers will face further disciplinary measures in line with the Commission’s staff regulation.

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The late officer was buried on Saturday, May 13, 2023 in Jos, Plateau State.

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Ismail Aniemu

Ismail Aniemu, Publisher of JournalNG and ghost writer, is a maritime journalist of over two decades' of practice with multidisciplinary background. He holds a masters degree in Transport Management from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology(LAUTECH) with bias for logistics. He is also an alumnus of the Times Journalism Institute where he obtained a post graduate diploma in Journalism. Email:

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