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Navy Begins Probe of Civilian Employee’s Death Four Days After Dispute With Colleagues


The Nigerian Navy (NN) has announced commencement of findings into the death of one Mr Ifeanyi Richard Onumaegbu a civilian staff of the Ministry of Defence attached to the Laboratory Department of the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital (NNRH) Ojo, Lagos.

Onumaegbu was reportedly found dead in his office on 31 March 2021 after allegedly having heated argument with some colleagues

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According to a Press Statement issued by Commodore Adams Aliu, Director of Naval Information,for Chief of the Naval staff ,a preliminary investigation revealed that 4 days earlier, on 26 March 2024, the deceased was involved in an argument with a civilian lady and some Nigerian Navy personnel in Navy Town barracks.

The statement disclosed that that the civilian lady and all suspected personnel have been identified and apprehended.

Commodore Adams-Aliu stated that the deceased body has been moved to a government hospital in Lagos for an autopsy while thorough investigation is on to get to the root of the case.

The statement reads ” The Nigerian Navy (NN) is deeply saddened by the demise of Mr Ifeanyi Richard Onumaegbu and the circumstances surrounding his death. The NN wishes to inform the general public that the deceased was an integral part of the NN family as a civilian staff of the Ministry of Defence attached to the Laboratory Department of the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital (NNRH) Ojo, Lagos since 2009 and he served meritoriously”

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On 31 March 2024, he was found lifeless in his office at NNRH. A preliminary investigation revealed that 4 days earlier, on 26 March 2024, the deceased was involved in an altercation with a civilian lady and some NN personnel in Navy Town barracks”

” Consequently, all suspected personnel and the civilian lady involved in the previous altercation were identified and are currently under close custody. The NN has facilitated the movement of the deceased’s body to a reputable government hospital in Lagos based on the request of the family for an autopsy”

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” The NN further wishes to assure his family and general public that all necessary measures are being taken to unravel the cause of death and any person found culpable would be prosecuted according to extant laws”.

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