JUST IN: Court restrains EFCC from arresting, detaining Yahaya Bello

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been restrained by a Lokoja High Court from arresting, detaining and prosecuting the immediate past Governor of Kogi state, Alhaji Yayaha Bello.

Justice I. A Jami of court 4, who presided over suit no HCL/68/M/2020 brought by the former Governor seeking to enforce his fundamental rights against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, gave the definite order following the earlier interim injunction given

In a two-hour judgment delivered on Wednesday, the court restrained the EFCC from arresting, detaining and prosecuting the applicant except as authorised by the Court.

This is a definite order following the earlier interim injunction given.

The Court equally restrained the respondents from continuing to persecute the Applicant.

Earlier in the judgement, the Court dismissed the issue of jurisdiction as challenged by the EFCC.

The Applicant’s counsel, S. A Abbas and MS Yusuf, who spoke with newsmen shortly after the judgment described the judgment as a landmark while the defendant’s Counsel, T.U Odima and Patrick O. Jibril also aligned themselves with the judgment, describing it as “thorough.”

 

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