Court Orders EFCC To Pay N5m Compensation To Ex-Minister
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will have to cough out five million to former Minister of FCT, Bala Mohammed.
An FCT High Court on Thursday ordered the anti-graft agency to pay the compensation to the former Minister, for infringing on his liberty.
Mohammed, a minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the Goodluck Jonathan Administration, was in the custody of EFCC from October 24, 2016, to November 29, 2016, when the court granted him bail.
However, he remained in the custody of EFCC until December 8, 2016.
The agency claimed it acted based on a petition against him from a member of the public.
The former minister filed a motion on notice on November 16 before Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf for the enforcement of his fundamental rights which he claimed EFCC violated.
Baba-Yusuf on November 29 granted him bail according to the Provisions of Sections 165 and 158 (b) of the Administration of Justice Act 2015.
Delivering judgment on the suit, Baba-Yusuf held that while the detention from October 24 till November 29 was lawful, his continued detention after he was granted bail on November 29 was illegal.
“The detention is illegal and infringes on his personal liberty which is against the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
"I, therefore, declare that the detention of the applicant is unlawful and fragrant violation of his personal liberty.
"I also declare that the applicant is entitled to bail by the respondent and a compensation for the infringement of the applicant’s right be accessed at five million naira,” the judge declared.