Mr Julius Haruna, the northwest zonal director of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has passed on following an altercation with a junior employee of the commission.
FCCPC board secretary Tam Tamunokonbia said in a statement on Tuesday that the director died in his office last Wednesday in Katsina.
The commission’s governing board has instituted a panel to investigate his death, the statement said.
Tamunokonbia noted that Haruna was involved in a dispute which escalated to fisticuffs with Ms. Muibat Abdusalam, another employee of the commission.
He said the board had also directed an immediate, but temporary relief of relevant leadership and operatives within the commission to ensure a fair, transparent, and credible investigation.
Tamunokonbia said that Ben Nwoye, a legal practitioner and a member of the board, was appointed the chairman of the independent internal investigation panel.
He said that retired AVM Wakili Ahmed, another member of the board, was appointed co-chairman of the panel.
Tamunokonbia said the board directed that representatives from the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, be invited as members of the panel.
“The Katsina State Police Command is currently continuing its own investigations. Ms Abdusalam is currently detained by the command. The commission will continue to make appropriate, full, and frank disclosures of information, any investigative outcomes and or judicial processes, where applicable.
“The commission notwithstanding continues to discharge its mandate including across the North-West region,” he said.
He said the board extended its condolence to the family, friends, and colleagues of the deceased.
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