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Head of Abba Kyari probe panel, DIG Egbunike slumps, dies in Abuja

By Odita Sunday, Abuja 
10 March 2022   |   2:43 am
Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in Charge Force Criminal Investigations Department, Joseph Obiajulu Egbunike is dead

Suspended Nigerian Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari appeared at the Federal High Court over offences of illegal cocaine dealing at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria on March 7, 2022. – A high-profile Nigerian police commander once dubbed the country’s “super cop” pleaded not guilty to drug smuggling charges on Monday a month after he was arrested in spectacular fall from grace. (Photo by Kola Sulaimon / AFP)

IGP, retired officers mourn, his death a huge blow, says ex-CP Aduba

Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in Charge Force Criminal Investigations Department, Joseph Obiajulu Egbunike is dead.

    
Egbunike was said to have died around 9:00p.m on March 8, 2022 at the National Hospital, Abuja, where he was rushed after a brief illness.
   
It was learnt that DIG Egbunike was feeling uncomfortable during the weekend and on Tuesday went to see his doctor for a check-up after which he was given drugs and told to go.
     
DIG Egbunike, who recently headed the Special Investigation Panel that investigated the alleged involvement of suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari, former commander of the police Intelligence team Intelligence Response Team (IRT), over the $1.1million Hushpuppi internet fraud, reportedly slumped in the office and died before a medical response could be performed late Tuesday.
  
Egbunike, who had previously served as the DIG in charge of Finance and Administration before he was a
appointed DIG Investigation hailed from Onitsha in Anambra State.

MEANWHILE, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba, his management team and officers of the Nigeria Police Force are mourning his demise.
   
According to a spokesperson for the police, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Muyiwa Adejobi, “DIG Egbunike was until his death the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department and the supervisory DIG in charge of the South-East.
 

  
“DIG Egbunike was a dedicated and seasoned police officer who served the nation in various capacities including as the Commissioner of Police in charge of Police Accounts and Budget. An officer with finesse and commitment to intellectual development was instrumental to the achievements of the giant strides within the Police architecture.

“The Inspector-General of Police hereby condoles with the immediate family, relatives, and friends of the deceased DIG who passed away in active service of his fatherland and prays for the repose of his soul.”
    
Retired Commissioner of Police (CP) Ikechukwu Aduba, who spoke to The Guardian on the telephone, described the late DIG as a patriotic officer.

   
According to him, “He was an epitome of patriotism.

“A detribalised officer and indefatigable. His death is a huge blow to the NPF and the country.”
     
In his condolence message, AIG Ahmed Ilyasu, said: “My sincere condolences to IGP, a family of the deceased and the entire NPF. This is a colossal loss of a bosom friend and a colleague. May the Almighty Lord grant him eternal glory, mercies, peace and succour.” 

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