Lagos - Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal
High Court in Lagos has struck out a lawsuit lawyer Godwin Obla had brought against
the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Obla, who was detained by the EFCC for allegedly offering N5
million gratification to Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal High
Court, had filed a N1billion suit against the EFCC.
He sought the court to declare his detention unlawful.
In his judgment on Friday, Justice Idris declared the
detention was legal, as he said fundamental rights were not “absolute.”
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He agreed Obla and Ofili-Ajumogobia were detained based on
reasonable suspicion of commission of a crime and that there was a pending
criminal charge against them before a Lagos State High Court.
The arrests were part of a government crackdown on alleged
corruption in the country’s judiciary.
- CAJ News