Monday, May 20, 2024

Rights violation: Court slams N10m fine on EFCC, others


A Federal Capital Territory Excessive Court docket on Monday slammed N10 million high quality on the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, and three others for basic rights violation.

Different respondents within the go well with are former EFCC boss, Abdulrasheed Bawa, an officer with the company, Calistus, and Constancy Financial institution Plc.

Justice Peter Kekemeke slammed the price on the respondents when he delivered judgment in a go well with filed by Mr Michael Kundera for enforcement of his basic rights.

Justice Kekemeke held that the respondents violated the applicant’s basic rights by arresting and detaining him from Could 15 to Could 16, 2023, with out charging him to courtroom or releasing him on bail.

He added {that a} 75-year-old man shouldn’t be subjected to such therapy.

“I hereby declare that the arrest and detention of the applicant from Could 15 to Could 16, 2023, was illegal and violated the applicant’s basic rights.

“The harassment of the applicant in a matter already determined by the courtroom is a violation of his proper, and the first to third respondents exceeded their bounds.

“The case of the applicant succeeds, and the respondents are ordered to pay the sum of N10 million severally or collectively to the applicant for violation of his basic rights, ” he held.

The choose additionally ordered the respondents to pay the sum of N2 million as value for the motion.

Kundera by his counsel, Dr O. Orji, in go well with no CV/6258/23, advised the courtroom that he was invited, detained, and refused administrative bail in a matter determined already by an FCT Excessive Court docket.

He stated that the subject material was a plot of land on the international affairs quarters which lawfully belonged to him.

Based on the applicant’s counsel, the matter can also be pending on the Court docket of Enchantment in a go well with marked CA/ABJ/CV/533/2021.

Orji advised the courtroom that the applicant was 75 years of age and didn’t discover it humorous being dragged about even when the judgment of the courtroom was proven to the respondents.

The lawyer subsequently prayed for the order of the courtroom to declare that the arrest and detention of the applicant from Could 15 and Could 16 was illegal.

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