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An inmate of the Kuje Custodial Centre in Abuja, Obinna Echianu, who was on death row for murder has taken his own life.

The deceased was sentenced for murder of an Uber driver, Inalegwu Ali in Abuja, last year. He hung himself with his clothes inside the prison’s toilet on Saturday.

Obinna’s remains was discovered by other inmates, removed and deposited at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital mortuary.

Although the deceased was sentenced to death, his lawyer had appealed his conviction.

He was arraigned last year alongside one Everly Nnorom, by the police on five-count of armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms, and culpable homicide.

The deceased was accused of dispossessing Ali of his Nissan Almera at Gosa pedestrian bridge, Airport Road, Abuja, and also killed him after the robbery.

His death was confirmed by Humphrey Chukwuedo, spokesman, Nigeria Correctional Service, Federal Capital Territory Command.

The spokesperson who confirmed the death on Monday said the body has been taken to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

He also said an investigation into the incident has been launched.

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