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Man found dead inside office after altercation with female colleague

The Northwest Zonal Director of the Federal Competitive Consumer Protection Commission FCCPC, Julius Haruna was found dead inside his Katsina Office on Wednesday, just few hours after a female colleague reported to the police that he harassed her sexually.

THECONSCIENCEng gathered that Julius Haruna, 58, was found lying dead on the floor in his office at about 2 – 3pm on Wednesday unknown to his other colleagues who were still within the office premises located in Modoji Street.

Aegidius Haruna, elder brother to the deceased confirmed the report after his visit to the Katsina General Hospital mortuary where his corpse was deposited, adding that his brother was allegedly killed by one of his female colleagues.

The suspect, Ms Muhibat Taiwo Abdulsalam, was said to be the Head of Consumer Education Department for the Commission in Katsina and was alleged to always be at loggerheads with the deceased.

“From what I heard, and from the statement of evidence that was given, they had some  squabbles in the office about money that he (Julius) approved for her (Muhibat) but she needed extra which he refused to oblige. I think that was what caused  the problem that resulted in the fight.

“As far as I am concerned, whatever the case may be, fighting and even leading to death is an offence. So, the civil service rule should be followed for my brother to have justice.

“His death is a shock to us. The family members sent me here to seek justice for his death. Justice that’s all we seek,” Aegidius, the family representative who came all the way from Zaria, Kaduna State noted.

A source close to the late Julius said “Ms Muhibat had rushed to the GRA Police Station after the encounter in the office to seek for help, alleging that she was sexually harassed while in the office by her boss and their office accountant simultaneously. To that effect, Muhibat was assigned two Police Officers who escorted her back to their office to invite the late Julius to the GRA Police Station for questioning.

“But in a twist of fate, when they got to his office, they found him dead, lying on the floor, with his clothes torn and bruises over his face and neck region.

“Another thing which is unclear concerning Muhibat’s allegation of sexual harassment was that she was unruffled and without  bruises, raising suspicion that her allegations against her late boss who is now dead and can longer speak or defend himself may be false.

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“She also did not inform any of her colleagues in the office of the development before going to report at the police station.”

However, one of the sources from the office who also spoke to our correspondent on grounds of anonymity said, “only the two of them, the late Julius and Ms Muhibat knows what truly transpired as no other person was with them to say categorically what happened.”