By Ogbolu George
Widow of the late 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, said she wants justice.
The widow, Suzanne, made this known when she led over 100 protesters to the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), where she accused the EFCC of killing her husband and labelling him a criminal.
”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. Desmond died in EFCC’s custody barely six hours after 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,” she said.
She accused the commission of refusing to pay for an autopsy. she said the EFCC was still holding on to the remains of her late husband eight months after he was pronounced dead by the commission.
Suzanne had earlier led the protesters to the Nigerian Headquarters of Amnesty International in Abuja to also demand justice.
Esther Ikubaje, the campaigner of Amnesty International Nigeria, who received the protesters, promised that the organisation would assist her in getting justice and also carry out a thorough and transparent investigation into the death.