UNLAWFUL DETENTION: FANI-KAYODE LOSES CASE AGAINST EFCC

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A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Apo, Abuja, has dismissed a Fundamental Human Rights enforcement suit filed by the former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kay‎ode against his detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Fani-Kayode, 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.

Delivering judgment on the suit filed by Fani-Kayode to challenge his detention by the EFCC, Justice Olukayode Adeniyi dismissed the application on the grounds that it lacked merit. The judge held that the detention was not illegal since it was backed by an order of court.

Justice Adeniyi, however, faulted ‎the practice by the EFCC of arresting and detaining a suspect for the purposes of investigation. Before the judgment, the anti-‎graft agency had arraigned him alongside a former Minister of Finance, Nenadi Usman and others for money laundering before a Federal High Court in Lagos.

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