NIGERIA: Ex-lawmaker sues EFCC over alleged rights’ violation

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EFCCA former member of the House of Representatives, Napoleon Gbinije, has dragged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before an Abuja High Court over alleged breach of his fundamental human right.

The EFCC had on January 8, 9 and 10 declared Gbinije wanted through press releases and advertorials in newspapers and radio over alleged breach of trust and illegal diversion of funds to the tune of N281 million.

Gbinije, who represented Okpe/Sapele/Uvwie Federal Constituency of Delta State between 2003 and 2007, had approached the court through his counsel, Kehinde Ogunwumiju of Chief Afe Babalola Chambers, seeking a declaration that the actions of the respondent, culminating in the threatened imminent arrest and indefinite detention of the Applicant by the respondent, were unconstitutional, illegal and amounts to a violation and/or likely violation of his Fundamental Rights to personal liberty as guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As amended).

He, therefore, prayed the court for an order of injunction restraining the respondent, by itself, agents, officers, servants, privies or anybody howsoever described, from arresting, detaining or in any manner interfering with the fundamental rights of the Applicant to personal liberty as enshrined in Chapter IV of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as altered) without following the due process of law.

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