- An Abuja-based music producer and photographer has threatened to sue the EFCC for parading him as a fraudster
- The young man identified as Nasir Ali through his lawyer filed a petition demanding a compensation of N100m and an unreserved apology for wrongful arrest
- According to the EFCC, Nasir amongst others, were arrested following a tip-off by an anonymous source
Nasir Ali was amongst the many suspects arrested by the EFCC after their residence at Favour Land Estate, Life Camp, Abuja was raided based on an anonymous tip-off, shortly after which they were paraded as fraudsters popularly known as yahoo boys. According to NAN, the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.
However, Ali also known as Kozzographa who is a music producer and photographer, has threatened to sue the EFCC for wrongful arrest and being paraded as a fraudster.
In a petition to the EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, on May 31, Ali demanded a compensation of N100m and an unreserved apology for arresting him wrongly and giving libelous information to the public about him.
The music producer, through his lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbensi, said that he would drag the EFCC to court for refusing to retract the negative publications about him after a seven-day ultimatum.
Ali’s lawyer stated in the petition to EFCC: "He lost a contract of five million naira with United Global Resolve for Peace (UNGREP), which he had been interviewed for and hitherto offered unequivocally because the contractors became disturbed and concerned by the publication thus doubtful of his reputation.
He has been ostracized by his colleagues and associates as well as senior associates who usually refer to him for jobs in the past, thereby losing their trust and reference. He has been bombarded with a barrage of calls from friends and family members calling his reputation to question while expressing their disappointment and indicating their intention to cut all connection with him forthwith.
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His relationship with his intended life partner has been irreparably strained by the negative publicity generated by the unlawful arrest, particularly the publication on your media platform on same matter. The publication has led to close clients taking their jobs off him and taking them to other persons thereby amounting to great level of loss and in some cases varying level of indebtedness.”
Mr Ali also claimed in the petition that his health and psychology had been affected following the Gestapo way he was arrested and assaulted by the EFCC operatives.
He said that the men that raided his home were dressed in black with no means of identifying them as officers of the EFCC.
The petitioner gave the EFCC seven days to meet his conditions or face legal action.
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Meanwhile, Nigerian star, Davido, has cried out on social media after one of his followers who appears to be an internet fraudster sent him direct messages for a fraudulent transaction.
The singer shared a screenshot of a message sent to him in his direct message channel on Instagram.
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