The board of directors of the Federal Commission for Competition and Consumer Protection has set up an investigative panel to investigate the death of Northwest zonal director Julius Haruna.

Abuja board secretary Tam Tamunokonbia said in a statement on Tuesday that Haruna passed away on Wednesday at the committee’s office in Katsina state.

Tamunokonbia said the information available showed that Haruna was involved in a dispute that escalated into brawls with an aide to the commission, Muibat Abdusalam.

According to the Nigeria News AgencyTamunokonbia said the board of directors also sent immediate but temporary relief from relevant leaders and agents within the committee to ensure a fair, transparent and credible investigation.

Tamunokonbia said a lawyer and a board member, Dr Ben Nwoye, had been appointed to chair the investigative panel set up to investigate the events leading to the director’s death.

He said retired AVM Wakili Ahmed, another member of the board, was also appointed as the panel’s co-chair.

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Tamunokonbia said the board has ordered representatives of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and the Office of the Federation Chief of Service to be invited as members of the panel.

“The Katsina State Police Command is currently continuing its own investigation. Abdusalam is currently being held by the command.

“The Committee will continue to make appropriate, full and candid disclosures of information, investigation results and/or legal proceedings, as appropriate.

“Notwithstanding, the commission continues to exercise its mandate, including in the northwestern region,” he said.

Tamunokonbia said the board expressed its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased.

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