Woman protest against husband’s death in EFCC custody

Amnesty International has promised to commence investigation into the death of the Chief Protocol Officer to the Minister of State for Defence, Desmond Nunugwo, who allegedly died in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) eight months ago.

The AI’s Campaigner (Amnesty Nigeria), Mrs. Esther Ikubaje, stated this when the widow of the deceased, Suzanne, led over 100 protesters to its Nigerian Headquarters in Abuja, demanding justice for her late husband.

Several calls and SMS by Northern City News to the phones of the spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, were not responded to.

Ikubaje assured the widow that AI would “look into the matter and assist her to get justice.”

“AI will not allow the late Nunugwo’s case to be swept under the carpet like other cases. We will look into the case and ensure that justice is done through a thorough and transparent investigation.”

Suzanne said her late husband died in the custody of EFCC barely six hours after he was invited by the agency for questioning, saying EFCC failed to make public the result of its investigation.

While accusing the agency of refusing to pay for an autopsy, she said they're still holding on to the remains of her late husband eight months after he was pronounced dead by the commission.

The protesters also visited the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), where the widow accused the EFCC of allegedly killing her husband and labeling him a criminal.

She said, “This is our third protest to this place (Ministry of Justice). The first time we came here, we were able to see the minister (Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami) and he assured us that he was going to get on top of this matter but nothing has been done.

“All we want is very simple: justice. I mean Desmond died in EFCC’s custody barely six hours he was taken in and the next morning, the EFCC issued a press statement that it was an alleged fraudster that died in their custody.

“All we want is justice; probe all business that he did. Was it really a fraud? Or it was a mere business transaction that went wrong? Let them conclude investigation. Let us know. Is he innocent? Is he culpable? The Minister of Justice should please ensure that my late husband gets justice.”


  1. The case should be investigated as to the cause of his death and justice must be done.

  2. I guessed it was as a result of grave torture.

  3. Government should look into the case n investigate what went wrong.

  4. Sorry madam for the loss of your husband and please move on the Nigeria justice is rigid in favor of rich and protect Nigerian officials e.g. EFCC... Just put your hope in God and whoever as a hand in your husband dead will surely die in the custody

  5. I think EFCC has hand in that man's death for them to quickly release a press reports even without informing the am deceased wife about her hubby's death

  6. nice..if truely he is guilty or not make it known,release his remains and also make an apology over his manhandling..nigerian operatives na wa for una o

  7. This wrong. She deserve justice.

  8. Let there be justice

  9. Let justice be done.... Why should such someone die in their custody in the first place....


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