Court stops EFCC, DSS from arresting Fani-Kayode, Odumakin

Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court Abuja, has stopped men of the the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) and the Department of State Security DSS, from arresting Femi Fani-Kayode and Yinka Odumakin without following appropriate due process of the law.

Recall that the government agencies in January this year, threatened to arrest the duo after they falsely alleged that the Abuja home of suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, was raided by their officials which made them approached the court to stop the agencies.

Ruling on a fundamental rights suit, Justice John Tsoho, maintained that such arrest by the EFCC, Department of State Services (DSS) or the Police, must be subject to processes being in accordance with provisions of the law.

Justice Tsoho also ordered that the EFCC’s public declaration to arrest Fani-Kayode and Odumakin on the basis of spreading false rumours was an infringement on their rights and a breach of their fundamental rights enshrined in Section 34(a) 35(1) (4) and (5) of the 1999 Constitution.

The court, however, declined to grant the prayer compelling the EFCC, DSS and Police from tendering an unreserved apology to the duo for infringing on their rights and also declined the prayer asking the security agencies to pay the sum of N20 million as damages for infringing on their rights.

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