Rights Abuse: EFCC Vows to Appeal Emefiele N100M Fine
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has expressed dissatisfaction with a judgment of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court awarding N100 million damages against it in favour of a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele.
Justice O.A Adeniyi, on Monday, January 8, 2024, fined the Commission after he ruled that the Commission’s detention of Emefiele in the course of his investigation was a violation of his right to liberty.
The decision failed to take cognizance of the fact that the former CBN boss was held with a valid order of court. Consequently, the Commission will approach the Court of Appeal to set it aside.
It will be recalled that the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja has declared the prolonged detention of the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, without trial as a flagrant violation of his fundamental rights.
The court slammed a total of N100m fine against the Federal Government and the Economic Financial Crime Commission and barred them from rearresting or detaining the ex-CBN governor afresh without a valid court order.
But the EFCC expressed its dissatisfaction with the judgment, vowing to go on appeal.
The judgment was given in a fundamental human rights suit filed by the former CBN governor following his prolonged detention in the custody of the Department of State Services.