A Federal High Court sitting in Jabi, Abuja, has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to immediately grant bail to former Aide de Camp, ADC, to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Col. Ojogbane Adegbe, on liberal terms.
At the hearing today, March 1, the presiding judge Yusuf Halilu ordered that the former ADC should be released on bail immediately. His ruling was based on a fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by Adegbe on Tuesday last week.
He however refused the plaintiff’s prayer for N100m compensation for unlawful detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and request for written apology from the anti-graft agency.
The judge said he would neither direct the EFCC to pay damages to the applicant or tender apology, since he is still in active service in the Nigerian Army and the anti-graft agency is equally a government agency.
Col. Ojogbane Adegbe, had last week sued the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in challenge of his alleged detention. In the law suit filed through his lawyer, Ogwu Onoja (SAN), Adegbe claimed N100 million damages for the violation of his fundamental rights.
Onoja stated that the arrest and continued detention of his client by the EFCC since February 11 was unconstitutional and violates his right to personal liberty as guaranteed by Section 35 and 41 of the 1999 Constitution and also violates Articles 5, 6 and 12 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and thus demanded for his immediate released.
Adegbe was arrested and detained by the EFCC on Thursday, February 11 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos, on his way to the United Kingdom for a military course, over his involvement in the $2.1billon Arm scandal.