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Navy confirms arrests of two officers in connection with assault in Lagos

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The Nigerian Navy has officially confirmed the arrest of three commissioned officers and a civilian woman in connection with the assault of Microbiologist Iheanyi Onumegbu, 33, at the NN Reference Hospital in Ojo, Lagos.

Onumegbu, a civilian staff member attached to the naval hospital, allegedly endured a beating by four naval personnel at the instigation of an unnamed civilian woman. The woman had reportedly been bullying him whenever he visited to care for a dog entrusted to him by an officer stationed outside Lagos.

Described as a dedicated employee, Onumegbu, who was due to turn 34 in May, had earned recognition as the best junior civilian staff member at the NNRH in 2019.

According to a family member, Onumegbu recounted the assault, which occurred from 8 pm on Tuesday, March 26, to about 1 am on Wednesday, March 27. His family grew concerned when he failed to return home after work on Tuesday and subsequently discovered him with severe injuries upon his return.

Despite his injuries, Onumegbu continued to report for work until he was found lifeless in his office on March 31.

Naval authorities have acknowledged the incident, with a Lieutenant, two Sub-Lieutenants, and the woman at the center of the altercation currently in custody. The Director of Naval Information assured the public that justice would be served, emphasizing the navy’s commitment to uncovering the truth behind Onumegbu’s death and holding those responsible accountable.

The police have also been involved, with requests made for the suspects to be handed over for investigation. However, as of now, no suspects have been transferred to police custody.

The Navy has initiated measures to conduct an autopsy on Onumegbu’s body, demonstrating a proactive approach to determining the cause of death and ensuring transparency in the investigation process.

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