Abdulrasheed Bawa, chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, has been jailed for allegedly disobeying a court order.
The court also ordered Inspector General of Police Usman Baba to arrest Bawa and remand him in Kuje prison for the next 14 days until he clears himself of contempt.
Justice RO Ayoola of the Kogi State High Court, in a ruling on Monday, granted the application to remand the EFCC chairman for non-compliance with a court order dated November 30, 2022, which ordered the EFCC chairman to produce the petitioner. case, Ali Bello.
Ali Bello took Bawa to court for illegal arrest and detention, with the court ruling in his favour, only to convict him three days after the EFCC delivered a verdict for alleged money laundering.
Applications to set aside the EFCC judgment and stay its execution were denied for lack of merit.
Courts, in Form 49, IX. He marked the order, Rule 13, “HCL/697M/2022” and titled “Notice to show cause why the order of commitment should not be made”, he asked the chairman of the EFCC to appear before him. On January 18, 2022, in a case filed by Ali Bello against the EFCC and Bawa on December 12, 2022 to show cause why he should not be imprisoned for violating the order issued on December 12, 2022, as respondents 1 and 2 respectively.
The court directed the EFCC and Bawa to serve the notice motion together with Form 49 through alternative channels.
The court held that the arrest and detention of the petitioner against a judicial warrant issued by a court of competent jurisdiction and without a warrant of arrest “or without knowledge of the offense for which he was arrested” was illegal. and Article IV of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. against the personal freedom and dignity of the human person guaranteed in the chapter (as amended).
The court ordered the defendants to apologize to the petitioner in a national newspaper and awarded him $10 million in damages.