Court sends EFCC boss to Kuje prison over contempt…

Written by on February 7, 2023

A Kogi State High Court has committed the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) Abdulrasheed Bawa, to prison for disobeying Court order.

The court also directed the Inspector-General of Police to effect, Bawa’s arrest and remand him in kuje prison for the next 14 days until he purges himself of the contempt…

Justice R.O. Ayoola of the Kogi State High Court, in his ruling on Monday, granted the application for commital to prison of the EFCC chairman for disobeying a court ruling delivered on November 30, 2022, wherein the EFCC chairman was directed to produce the applicant in the case, Ali Bello.

Ali Bello had dragged Bawa to court for arresting and detaining him illegally, with the court ruling in his favour, only for the EFCC to arraign him for alleged money laundering three days after the ruling.

The EFCC’s applications for setting aside a stay of execution of the ruling were refused for want of merit.

The court ordered that the EFCC and Bawa be served the motion of notice together with Form 49 by substituted means.

The court had declared the arrest and detention of the applicant in the face of a subsisting Court order made by a Court of competent jurisdiction and without a warrant of arrest “or being informed of the offence for which he was arrested” as unlawful, unconstitutional, and in contravention of the personal liberty and dignity of human person guaranteed under Chapter IV of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

The court had also ordered the respondents to tender an apology to the applicant in a national newspaper and awarded N10 million compensation for him.







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