Judge Slams EFCC Fine For Violating Rights Of Illegally Detained Person


A month after declaring for the immediate release of Col. Nicholas Ashinze, while condemning the actions of the EFCC and Nigerian army as “illiterate” and dictatorial for detaining persons for days without trial, another High Court judgment has found the EFCC guilty again of violating constitutional rights in the case of Abba Mohammed.

Giving the judgement, Justice Jude Okeke of the FCT High Court on Monday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to pay N5 million to Abba Mohammed for violation of his rights with his incarceration for 41 days without being charged to court.

The court declaredHis fundamental right to liberty was denied him and he was detained for about 41 days; he applied to this court and an order to release him on bail was given.

“He was refused bail despite meeting the bail conditions given to him by this court; the respondent, acting under the cover of section 7 of the EFCC Act, failed to present enough evidence.

“I have given due consideration to the following contentions as earlier stated under sections 131 and 133 of the Evidence Act 2011.

Several more Nigerians have been held illegally by the State departments in violations of their rights and similar judgements are expected to pour out against the new “change” administration for its behaviors described as zealous and reckless.