Why I filed N100m suit against EFCC- Col. Adegbe, Jonathan’s ex-ADC

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A former Aide de Camp to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Col. Ojogbane Adegbe, has explained why he  sued the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission before the Federal Territory High Court in Gudu demanding N100m compensation for alleged unlawful detention by the anti-graft agency.

‎Adegbe, said he had been in EFCC detention since February 11, 2016 without being charged with any offence.

The suit with number, CV/995/16, was filed by the plaintiff through his counsel, Ogwu Onoja (SAN) on February 17, 2016.

 

The suit is to come for hearing before Justice Y. Halilu on Friday.

‎The plaintiff contended in his suit that the EFCC by his continued detention violated his right to personal liberty and freedom of movement guaranteed under Section 35 and 41 of the 1999 Constitution.

‎He also contended that EFCC’s action violated Articles 5,6 and 12 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

‎The plaintiff said he was summoned to face EFCC interrogation by the Army authorities from the United Kingdom where he had been attending a course since he finished serving as Jonathan’s ADC on May 29, 2015.

His brother, Daniel Adegbe, who deposed to an affidavit in support of the suit, stated that the EFCC had continued to detain the ex-President’s ADC despite the fact that the anti-graft agency had obtained his statement on the day he was arrested.

The plaintiff is seeking the following prayers, “A declaration that the arrest and continued detention of the applicant by the respondent since February 11, 2016 is unconstitutional as it offends his right to personal liberty as guaranteed by S. 35 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

“An order directing the respondent to release the applicant from unlawful detention with immediate effect.

“Or in the alternative to prayer 2 hereof, an order admitting the applicant to bail pending his trial in a court of competent jurisdiction.

“N100m as general damages for unlawful detention of the applicant.

“Written apology by the respondent to the applicant.”

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