Justice Olukayode Adeniyi of a Federal High Court of Federal Capital Territory, Apo, Abuja, has faulted the practice by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of arresting and detaining a suspect before carrying out investigation.
He said it was against the principles of law, noting that the right thing was to investigate properly before arresting.
He made this observation, Wednesday, when he gave a ruling on the fundamental human rights enforcement suit brought before the court by a former Aviation Minister and Director of Publicity of the 2015 Goodluck Jonathan Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode.
Fani-Kayode had sought to be released from prison custody tnrough the fundamental human rights suit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
However, Fani-Kayode’s hope was dashed, when Justice Adeniyi, dismissed the suit.
Justice Adeniyi ruled that the suit filed by Fani-Kayode to challenge his detention by the EFCC lacked merit.
The Judge held that the detention was not illegal since it was backed by an order of court.
Adeniyi said the detention of Fani-Kayode was in line with the EFCC act, adding that the remand order obtained from a Lagos Magistrate Court was within the provisions of chapter 4 of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution.
Adeniyi further said the decision of the EFCC to obtain a second remand order, before the expiration of the first, was right decision.
Fani-Kayode had filed the suit following his arrest by the EFCC on May 9, 2016 with respect to criminal allegations relating to diversion of funds meant for arms procurement to political campaigns.