EFCC Denies Holding Jonathan’s Cousin Illegally


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have denied reports accusing them of illegal holding of Mr. Robert Azibaola, a cousin of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

A report from newspapers revealed that the court have ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to release Mr. Azibaola but the commission paid deaf ears to the court order.

EFCC spokesman Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, speaking on the situation said the information circulating in the media is far from the truth. Mr. Uwujaren in his statement said

This is further from what transpired in court on Wednesday May 25, 2016 when her lordship delivered ruling in the fundamental rights enforcement application of Azibaola. Contrary to the impression created by the jaundiced report, the court did not fault the detention of Azibaola by the EFCC as her lordship held that a remand warrant was validly obtained by the respondent in line with provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act and consequently dismissed the application of Azibaola for lack of merit.

“The court merely frowned at the commission’s inability to produce the suspect in line with an earlier order of court on the ex-parte application of Azibaola for which counsel representing the EFCC apologised to her lordship.

“The commission had earlier filed a motion asking the court to set aside the ex-parte order on the grounds that it was obtained by false information, which the court rejected.

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“It must be stated that the EFCC is a law abiding entity and could not have taken any action that would disregard the sanctity of the court.”

Mr. Robert Azibaola was arrested by the commission late march for receiving a pipeline contract of $40 million through the former national security adviser to the president Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

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