Senator Bala Mohammed, former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has slammed a N100 million fundamental human right suit against the economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over his continued detention.
In his affidavit in support of the originating motion on notice, Mohammed said he was invited by the EFCC to report to its office on October 24, 2016, in connection with investigation into alleged ‘cases of conspiracy, abuse of office and money laundering’, after which he voluntarily reported to the EFCC on October 24, 2016 and was promptly arrested and has been detained till date.
He stated that rather being released on bail, he was merely dumped and abandoned in the respondent’s cell since then, wherein he has suffered substantial deterioration of his health and untold psychological trauma and mental torture.
In suit filed by his counsel, Chief Chris Uche, the forme is praying the court for an order compelling and directing the EFCC to release him on bail forthwith or immediately arraign him before a competent court of law for trial.
The former minister further asked for an order of court enforcing and restoring his fundamental right to personal liberty enshrined and guaranteed by section 35 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, which has been violated and is being violated by the EFCC.
He is asking for the sum of N100 million as special and general damages against the EFCC for the illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional arrest and detention.
Already, Justice Baba Yusuf of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has fixed hearing for Thursday, November 24, 2016