Court set aside remand order against EFCC Chairman – Veloxnews

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From Godwin Tsa, AbujaA High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT),  has set aside its order remanding the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa for contempt of court.Justice Chizoba Oji equally set aside the contempt proceedings and all the orders of conviction for contempt against the EFCC  Chairman.Justice  Chizoba Oji set aside the proceedings today after hearing an application brought by the EFCC Chairman.The decision followed and application dated November 10 which was brought pursuant to Section 6(6) (a) and Section 36(1) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), Section 91 of the Sheriffs and Civil Process Act, Cap S6 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nig. 2004 and other relevant enactments.The court found that at the time the order the EFCC Chairman was not in contempt of court as he had complied with the order that the Respondent’s Range Rover be released and by several internal memoranda, the Applicant had initiated the commission’s internal mechanism to ensure the payment of the sum of N40, 000,000 to the Respondent.spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, has confirmed this development to Daily Sun.The EFCC boss was pronounced guilty of contempt for his refusal to return a Range Rover Sport (Super Charge) vehicle valued at N40million, which the  commission seized from a former Director of Operations at the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, Air Vice Marshal, AVM, Rufus Adeniyi Ojuawo.The court had in an order made since November 21, 2018, ordered the Commission to return the exotic vehicle to AVM Ojuawo, who was on trial.AVM Ojuawo was arraigned on a two- count charge  in 2016, before trial Justice Muawiyah Baba Idris of the High Court of the FCT at Nyanya for allegedly receiving N40m and a Range Rover Sport, from one Hima Aboubakar of Societe D’Equipment Internationaux Nigeria Limited.However, following a separate proceeding the defendant initiated against the Commission, the high court, in 2018, ordered that the seized vehicle should be returned to him.But four years after the order was made, counsel to the defendant, Mr. R.N. Ojabo, drew attention of the court to the fact that EFCC had yet to comply with it.It was based on the above development that Justice Orji, ordered the arrest and remand of the EFCC Chairman over his wilful disobedience to an extant order of the court.“The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is in contempt of the orders of this honourable court made on November 21st 2018 directing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abuja to return to the applicant his Range Rover (Super charge) and the sum of N40, 000,000.00 (Forty Million Naira).“Having continued wilfully in disobedience to the order of this court, he should be committed to prison at Kuje Correctional Centre for his disobedience, and continued disobedience of the said order of court made on November 21st, 2018, until he purges himself of the contempt”, Justice Orji held.



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