EFCC fined N5m for detaining Fayose’s aide

Ayodele Fayose

Justice Olukayode Adeniyi of an Abuja High Court has granted bail to Abiodun Agbele, an ally of Ekiti Gov. Ayodele Fayose in the sum of N50 million. The court also awarded N5 million as damages against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for “wrongful and illegal” detention of the suspect from July 1.

The court also chided the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for its “arbitrary abuse of power and unlawful detention of the applicant (Agbele) without arraigning him in a court of competent jurisdiction in line with the constitution.”

For that reason, Justice Adeniyi ordered the anti-graft agency to pay N5 million as damages to Agbele.

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.

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.

The court ordered that should the anti-graft commission fail to prefer charges against the suspect within 21 days, all his personal belongings seized by the EFCC should be released to him.

Though, the court ordered the suspect to deposit his passport with the EFCC as part of the bail conditions, the judge directed that it should be released to him should the anti-graft agency fail to charge him within 21 days.

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