Update: Court Orders Nigerian Inspector-General Of Police To Arrest, Remand EFCC Chairman, Bawa In Prison Over Contempt

Court Orders Nigerian Inspector-General Of Police To Arrest, Remand EFCC Chairman, Bawa In Prison Over Contempt

In its decision, the court ordered that the EFCC and Bawa be served the motion of notice together with Form 49 by substituted means.

Justice R.O. Ayoola of the Kogi State High Court has ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, to arrest and remand the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, in prison over alleged disobedience to court order.

Justice Ayoola gave the order on Monday directing the IGP to remand Bawa in Kuje prison for the next 14 days until he purged himself of the contempt.

The judge granted the application for committal to prison of the EFCC boss for disobeying a court ruling delivered on November 30, 2022, wherein Bawa was directed to produce the applicant in the case, Ali Bello.

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Punch reports that Ali Bello had dragged Bawa to court for arresting and detaining him illegally, with the court ruling in his favour, only for the EFCC to arraign him for alleged money laundering three days after the ruling.

The EFCC’s applications for setting aside and stay of execution of the ruling were refused for want of merit.

According to the report, the Court had, in Form 49, Order IX, Rule 13, marked, “HCL/697M/2022” and titled, “Notice to Show Cause Why Order of Committal Should not be Made,” asked the EFCC Chairman to appear before it on January 18, 2022 to explain why he should not be jailed for flouting the order given on December 12, 2022 in a case filed by Ali Bello against the EFCC and Bawa, as the 1st and 2nd respondents, respectively.

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In its decision, the court ordered that the EFCC and Bawa be served the motion of notice together with Form 49 by substituted means.

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The court had declared the arrest and detention of the applicant in the face of a subsisting court order made by a court of competent jurisdiction and without a warrant of arrest “or being informed of the offence for which he was arrested” as unlawful, unconstitutional, and in contravention of the personal liberty and dignity of human person guaranteed under Chapter IV of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

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Also, the court had ordered the respondents to tender an apology to the applicant in a national newspaper and awarded N10million compensation for him but the respondents disobeyed the court order.

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