Photographer 'wrongly' paraded as fraudster demands N100m damages from EFCC

Photographer 'wrongly' paraded as fraudster demands N100m damages from EFCC

- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have gotten itself in a scandal

- The anti-graft agency wrongfully arrested a photographer and paraded him as a cyber criminal

-The photographer, Nasiru Ali, is demanding N100 million from the EFCC for the harassment

Nasiru Ali, a photographer also known as Kozzographa, is demanding N100 million from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

On Friday, May 17, Ali was arrested in the early hours of the day after EFCC operatives raided his home in Abuja.

The photographer was reportedly asleep when officials of the anti-graft agency stormed his house.

His picture and name alongside nine other people was published on Monday, May 20 on EFCC's social media pages.

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In a petition dated Thursday, May 30 and addressed to Ibrahim Magu, EFCC acting chairman, the photographer through Pelumi Olajengbensi, a human rights lawyer, said he lost a N5 million contract over the incident.

Ali demanded “an unreserved apology” from the anti-graft commission, for the “wrongful arrest” and “libellous publication.”

“That your good office publish and tender an unreserved apology for the wrongful arrest and unlawful detention as well as the libellous publication of our client for no just cause on all your online platforms and two other national newspapers.

“That you pay to our client the sum of one hundred million naira only (100. 000, 000.00) being minimal damages to assuage his already battered reputation,” the petition read.

The photographer said if the EFCC fails to meet the aforementioned conditions within seven days, he would go to court.

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In another development, the chief of staff to the Kogi state government, Edward Onoja, has written to The Guardian newspapers asking for the withdrawal of a media report suggesting he plotted to attack a former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Jibrin Usman (rtd).

Onoja in a letter by his lawyers, FemJoe & Associates, to the editor in chief of the national newspaper, demanded for a retraction of the report, which he described as 'libelous.'

The report was published on Tuesday, June 4 and reported by some other online news sites.

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