Police Investigate Death of Banker, Quiz Catholic Priest


Chiemelie Ezeobi

The Lagos State Police Command on Monday commenced investigation into the death of 44-year-old head of operations at the Lekki Branch of First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Olisa Nwakobi, who allegedly shot himself in front of his priest.

Contrary to earlier reports that he killed himself over a bad loan he gave to a client, preliminary investigations revealed that his death was because of personal frustrations.

Although he was not being investigated for the death of the banker, THISDAY gathered that the Catholic priest in charge of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Northern Foreshore Estate, Lekki, was however quizzed.

The Catholic priest was quizzed because he is ‘the first witness’, as the detectives attempt to unravel the true cause of the suicide.

According to spokesperson of Lagos State Police command, SP Dolapo Badmos, “We are not investigating the priest but being the first witness, we asked him some questions in order to aid our investigation.”

Initial reports had alleged that Nwakobi had gone to his priest at the Catholic Church to complain bitterly on how he approved a loan for a customer who had refused to service the loan.

However, a source from the bank who spoke on anonymity said the bank was not responsible for his death since there was no pressure on him from the management given that he was not the one that approved the loans that had become delinquent.

The source alleged that the deceased had amassed the huge debt from personal commitments and was at the verge of “losing everything.”

Further details later