Court rules on Fayose’s ally’s N500m suit against EFCC Tuesday

Justice Olukayode Adeniyi of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, on Friday picked July 19 for ruling on a N500 million suit brought against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by Abiodun Agbele, an associate of Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose.

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The judge picked the date after entertaining arguments from lawyers from both parties on whether or not to grant the reliefs sought by the plaintiff.

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Agbele is challenging his continued detention by the EFCC and has filed a bail application in court.

The Fayose associate, who is represented by Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and Olalekan Ojo, claimed that he has been held in EFCC custody since June 27 in relation to the N1.3 billion reportedly traced to the personal account of the governor.

In the suit jointly initiated on his behalf by Ozekhome and Ojo, Agbele urged the court to declare his arrest and detention unlawful and award him N500 million as compensatory damages against the EFCC for his unlawful arrest and detention.

Agbele argued in the fundamental rights enforcement suit that his arrest and continued detention beyond the 48 hours allowed by the Constitution amounted to violation of his rights to freedom of liberty, human dignity and acquisition of properties.

He said unless the court comes to his rescue, the EFCC will continue to infringe on his rights to personal liberty.

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