Former FCT Minister Files Fundamental Rights Enforcement Suit Against EFCC

A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Bala Mohammed, who has been in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissio since October 24, has filed a N100m fundamental human rights enforcement suit against the Commission over his continued detention .
Already, Justice Baba Yusuf of s High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has fixed hearing for Thursday, November 24, 2016.
In his 15 paragraphs affidavit in support of the originating motion on notice, the former Minister stated that he was invited by the EFCC to report to its office on October 24, 2016 in connection with investigation into alleged “cases of conspiracy, abuse of office and money laundering”.
The affidavit deposed to by Umar Aliyu Usman stated further that Mohammed voluntarily reported to the EFCC on October 24, 2016 and was promptly arrested and detained till date.
He said instead of being released on bail, he was merely dumped and abandoned in the respondent’s cell since then, wherein he has suffered substantial deterioration of his health and untold psychological trauma and mental torture.
In a suit No: FCT/CV/220/2016 filed by his counsel, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), the applicant is praying the court for an order compelling and directing the EFCC to release him on bail forthwith or immediately arraign him before a competent court of law for trial.
He is further seeking a declaration that his arrest and detention since October 24, 2016 till date by the EFCC is illegal, unlawful, unreasonable, unjustified and unconstitutional.
A declaration by the court that he is entitled to be released on bail by the EFCC pending the investigation of allegations against him and pending any arraignment before a court of law.
The former Minister further asked for an order of court enforcing and restoring his fundamental right to personal liberty enshrined and guaranteed by section 35 of the 1999 constitution, which has been violated and is being violated by the respondent.
He is asking for the sum of N100 million as special and general damages against the EFCC for the illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional arrest and detention.

Author: News Editor

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