Abuja - The Centre for Democratic Governance (CDG) has condemned the continued detention of Robert Azibaola, the cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The environmental activist is held by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over allegations bordering on a pipeline surveillance contract. Critics believe the charges are trumped up.
John Okoroji, Executive Director of CDG, said despite an order for his immediate release by an Abuja High Court, the EFCC had since March 23, held Azibaola in its custody in a violation of his right and the laws.
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“We make bold to say, that it is no doubt substantially unconstitutional, undemocratic and illegal that a Nigerian citizen could be so detained by the EFCC under the present administration for such a prolonged period of time without either filling charges against him in court or granting bail to such a person,” said Okoroji.
“This recent manner of treating suspects particularly people with links to the former administration of President Jonathan, makes a serious mockery of our country’s democracy which is anchored on the rule of law and principles of separation of powers.”
Okoroji thus demanded the EFCC to immediately obey the order of the court and free Azibaola.
“As we go into the days ahead, we shall not hesitate to employ every other legitimate options to ensure that the continued illegality of the EFCC is stopped and the rule of law remained entrenched in our country.”
- CAJ News