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Court asks EFCC to pay Fayose's ally N5m

21 July 2016, 19:30

Abuja - A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, Abuja, while ruling on the bail application of an ally of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, Abiodun Agbele‎, awarded N5m as damages against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as compensation for the suspect’s “wrongful and illegal detention” from July 1 till date, Punch reports.

The court held that the order obtained ‎by the EFCC from a Magistrates’ Court in Wuse on July 13 after the anti-graft agency was served with the processes of the suit, amounted to nullity, as it (the order) was said to have been obtained to foist a “fait accompli” on the court with respect to the suspect’s suit.

The judge condemned “strongly” what he described as EFCC’s “gross abuse of powers” and its “arrogant display of executive might”‎ for detaining the suspect illegally for the period.

The court awarded N5m as damages against the EFCC as compensation for the suspect’s “wrongful and illegal detention” from July 1 till date.

News24 earlier reported that a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, Abuja, on Thursday ordered the release of Abiodun Agbele‎, who has been in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission since June 27.

Agbele was arrested by the EFCC in Lagos on June 27 and has since been detained for his roles in the handling of over N1.2bn on behalf of Fayose during the Ekiti State governorship election in 2014.

Justice Olukayode Adeniyi in a ruling on the suspect’s bail application, declared the continued detention of the suspect since then without being charged to court and without the backing of any competent remand order amounted to a “gross violation” of his right.

- News 24


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