The Abuja division of the High Court has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to pay a sum of N5 million to an aide of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, Abiodun Agbele, as compensation for the “wrongful and illegal detention” of the suspect from July 1 till date.
This is even as the presiding judge, Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, condemned in entirety what he called the EFCC’s “gross abuse of powers” and its “arrogant display of executive might” for detaining the suspect illegally for the period.
The Justice also held that the failure of the EFCC to charge Mr. Agbele to court, since his arrest, amounted to an abuse of his fundamental rights.
The EFCC had on June 30, obtained a remand order from a Magistrate Court in Ogba to hold Agbele for 14 days.
The counsel of Agbele, Mike Ozekhome said that the EFCC renewed his detention after the given grace period of 14 days lapsed.
Adeniyi said that since the EFCC transferred Agbele to the FCT, the remand order no longer stands.
The judge also held that Mr. Agbele be admitted to bail with a bond of N50 million and a surety not below the cadre of a director in the civil service.
Alternatively, Mr. Agbele is required to provide a surety who is a responsible Nigerian citizen, with landed property in any part of Abuja.