- A court in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has restrained the EFCC from arresting a senior lawyer
- The lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, approached the court to seek protection from the anti-graft commission
- The Senior Advocate of Nigeria also accused the EFCC of harassment and attempting to detain him
The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Thursday, March 18 restrained the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from inviting or detaining a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome.
Ozekhome was said to have been penned down for arrest by the anti-graft commission for criticising the former acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.
Delivering judgment, Justice Inyang Ekwo held that serial acts of intimidation and constant invitations of Mr. Ozekhome, a well-known Senior Advocate of Nigeria, by the EFCC were illegal, unlawful, wrong, and unconstitutional.
Premium Times reports that the lawyer had told the court that the intimidation, invitations as well as threats to arrest, detain and humiliate him were over publications and speeches he made.
African Independent Television, however, reports that the EFCC, in a counter-affidavit deposed to by one of its operatives, Usman Aliyu, said Ozekhome was being investigated for a number of cases bordering on money laundering and tax evasion.
Meanwhile, the EFCC says it will soon be demanding the assets declaration forms of all bankers in Nigeria.
This was revealed by the chairman of the commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa on Tuesday, March 16.
In a related development, the EFCC recently arraigned a man who refused to refund the N2million paid into his account.
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Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.