Court bars EFCC, DSS from arresting Fani-Kayode, Odumakin

Court bars EFCC, DSS from arresting Fani-Kayode, Odumakin

- The Federal High Court in Abuja has barred EFCC, DSS and the police from arresting ex-minister Fani-Kayode and Odumakin

- Justice John Tsoho ruled that the attempt by the security operatives to arrest the duo was an infringement of their fundamental rights

- Both Odumankin and Fani-Kayode have been on the EFCC's red list following their fake news on the embattled CJN Onnoghen

The Abuja Federal High Court has barred the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from arresting the duo of former minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, and Yinka Odumakin without following the due legal process.

The Nation reports that Justice John Tsoho, in his judgement on Tuesday, March 12, ruled that attempts by the police, Department of State Services (DSS) and the anti-graft agency to arrest the former minister and Odumakin would be an infringement of their fundamental human right. recalls both Fani-Kayode and Odumankin have been on the EFCC's red list following their involvement in the spreading of fake news over the trial of the embattled chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen.

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Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, had raised alarm that armed men surrounded the house of the embattled CJN, a claim Odumakin released a video back up.

The duo had since then dragged the anti-graft commission to the court over its public declaration to arrest them for alleged peddling of fake alert.

Delivering his judgement, Tsoho ruled that such arrest is a breach of the plaintiffs' human right as enshrined in the section 34(a) 35(1) (4) and (5) of the 1999 constitution.

Justice Tsho, however, rejected the pray of the plaintiffs to mandate EFCC, DSS and the police to issue unreserved public apology to them.

The judge also declined the request asking the security agencies to pay the sum of N20 million as damages for infringing their human rights.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that a former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, had suffered defeat at the Supreme Court after the apex court upheld the order of temporary forfeiture made by a Federal High Court in Lagos in respect of the $8.4million traced to her by the EFCC.

The court on Friday, March 8, ruled that the appeal filed by Mrs Jonathan challenging the interim forfeiture, was without merit.

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