Unlawful Detention: Court Orders EFCC To Pay Monday Ubani N12m

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A High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to pay the Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association Section on Public Interest and Development Law, (NBA-SPIDEL), Dr. Monday Ubani 12million over his illegal arrest and detention for 20 days in 2019.

 

Ubani was arrested and detained by the EFCC on March 19, 2019, along with Senator Christopher Enai, for failing to produce the former Managing Director of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, Mrs. Ngozi Olejeme, who they both stood for as sureties.

Ubani had maintained his innocence over Olejeme’s disappearance, insisting that she absconded after the EFCC raided her home.

 

He also stated that his decision to stand surety for Olejeme was because he compelled her to return to Nigeria to face the charges against her and all effort to secure her bail was frustrated by the EFCC.

 

Despite Ubani’s explanation, the EFCC arrested and detained him for 20 days. He subsequently filed an action before the FCT High Court seeking N5 billion exemplary and aggravated damages for the violation of his rights.

 

Delivering judgement in the suit on Wednesday, Justice Sylvanus Oriji declared Ubani’s arrest and subsequent detention for 20 days was illegal and a violation of his right. The judge further ordered the EFCC to pay Ubani 12 million as damages.

 

The judge, however, refused to order the EFCC to offer a public apology for the illegal detention.

 

Reacting to the judgement, Ubani expressed joy for the victory. and specifically thanked God, Chief Mike Ozekhome and his legal team like Barristers Malik and Benson who showed magnificent commitment in the handling of the case.

 

He appreciated Femi Falana SAN who from the beginning advised that Efcc was wrong to have detained Ubani.

 

Ubani also expressed gratitude to the NBA and several other groups and individuals too numerous to mention who stood by him in those trying times, especially his wife, Lady Faustina Ubani, his children and the media institution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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