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  • Updated: April 11, 2024

Navy commences investigation into death of civilian staff

Navy commences investigation into death of civilian staff

The Nigerian Navy has launched an inquiry into how one of its civilian employees, Ifeanyi Onumaegbu, died.

Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, the Chief of Naval Staff, made the news known on Thursday in Lagos.

He revealed that Onumaegbu died at the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital (NNRH) in Ojo, Lagos, where he worked.

He further stated that the deceased had been a civilian staff member of the Ministry of Defence assigned to the NNRH's Laboratory Department since 2009.

”The navy is deeply saddened by the demise of Mr Ifeanyi Onumaegbu and the circumstances surrounding his death. On March 31, he was found lifeless in his office at NNRH.

“A preliminary investigation revealed that on March 26, the deceased was involved in an altercation with a civilian lady and some NN personnel in Navy Town Barracks,” he said.

The Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Lugard, has detained four individuals for allegedly stealing metallurgical coal from the Ajaokuta Steel Company in Kogi State.

Moses Epelle, Commander of NNS Luguard, informed journalists that the suspects were caught on April 4, 2024, after receiving a report that some unknown individuals were stealing metallurgical coal near the firm jetty.

“The four suspects gained access to the jetty through the waterway on a wooden boat which was loaded with about 400 bags of the materials. They wanted to convey this material to an unidentified destination.

“The gallant effort of officers of the Nigeria Navy on the waterway in conjunction with the local vigilantes led to the arrest of the four suspects namely Abdulrazak Danjuma, Idris Abdullahi, Suleiman Ibrahim and Musa Muhammed,” he stated.

Epelle urged the management of Ajaokuta Steel Company to strengthen the complex's security architecture, stating that the Nigerian Navy will not rest on its oars in combating criminal activity in Kogi State's waterways.

According to Epelle, the four accused would be turned over to the police for prosecution.

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