DIG Egbunike, head of Police panel that probed Abba Kyari, dead

DIG Egbunike, head of Police panel that probed Abba Kyari, dead

A Deputy Inspector General of Police and head of the Nigeria Police Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Joseph Egbunike is dead.

Egbunike collapsed inside his office in Abuja in the late hours of Tuesday, 8th of March, reports reveal. Subsequently, he was rushed to the National Hospital, Abuja, where he passed on.

1st News reports that Egbunike was in charge of a Special Investigation Panel (SIP) constituted by the Inspector General of Police; Usman Baba to probe a suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police and former head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT); Abba Kyari over his alleged involvement in a fraud conspiracy with renowned Instagram influencer, Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi.

Prior to his appointment as DIG in 2020, Egbunike was the head of the Police Finance Department.

However, until his death, Egbunike was in charge of the highest investigating arm of the Nigeria Police. The functions of the unit include investigation and prosecution of serious and complex criminal cases within and outside the country. The department also coordinates crime investigations/prosecution throughout the force.

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Joseph Egbunike

The deceased hails from Onitsha, Anambra State.

In late 2021, Egbunike had investigated suspended police chief, Abba Kyari. However, he did not indict him despite indictments by the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation over his involvement with Hushpuppi. In July, Egbunike also faced a contempt of court charge following the alleged disobedience of an order of the Federal High Court, Enugu Judicial Division.

He graduated from the University of Nsukka with a B.Sc. in Accounting. He also holds a Bachelor of Law, a Master’s degree in International Relations and a Ph.D. in Criminology

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