Imo High Court awards N5m damages against EFCC

Imo High Court awards N5m damages against EFCC

- An Imo state high court has ordered the EFCC to pay Chief Mike Ikenna Ahamba the sum of N5 million as damages

- Justice Eze Fred Njemanze granted an injunction restraining the respondents, their agents, servants and officials from further detention of the applicant

- He said a perusal of the facts show that the respondents did not deny detaining the applicant for six days and seizing his international passport

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been ordered by an Imo state High Court to pay Chief Mike Ikenna Ahamba, SAN, “the sum of N5 million as damages and compensation for the violation of his fundamental rights”, Vanguard reports.

NAIJ.com gathered that the case presided over by Justice Eze Fred Njemanze, delivering judgement in suit number HOW/908/2017, which lasted for about one hour, 30 minutes, ordered the EFCC and the chairman of the anti-graft agency, to “pay a cost fixed at N100,000 in favour of the Applicant (Ahamba)”.

“In conclusion, this fundamental right proceeding succeeds as it is meritorious and deserving to be granted. Injunction is granted restraining the Respondents, their agents, servants, officials and all those acting through or under them, from further detention of the Applicant (Ahamba) or further inviting him, save for him to appear before a court of competent jurisdiction over the allegation for trial or for the purpose of issuing a clearance certificate to the Applicant," Justice Njemanze said.

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According to the judge, “a perusal of the facts adumbrated by the parties in this matter, show that the Respondents did not deny detaining the Applicant for six days, from November 22 to 28, 2017.”

Justice Njemanze also said that the respondents did not deny seizure of the applicant’s international passport, adding that they did not equally “deny searching his house with armed guards, like a common criminal, in the full glare of neighbours”.

NAIJ.com previously reported that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to unconditionally unfreeze the accounts of Senator Abdullaziz Nyako and a company linked to him without further delay.

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Nengiofori Jumbo, Senator Abdullaziz Nyako and Blue Opal Nigeria Ltd (Applicants) had in June 2015, dragged the EFCC to court over the freezing of their accounts and sealing of the Hillview Estate, Abuja, owned by the senator.

According to a statement sent to NAIJ.com by Senator Nyako, the suit was filed under the fundamental rights enforcement rules 2009, made by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, pursuant to section 46(3) of the 1999 constitution as well as sections 36, 43 and 44 of the constitution and Oder 11 Rule 1of the FREP rules 2009.

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