Former President, Jonathan’s former aide held on Army’s directive —EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said that the
Aide-de-Camp, ADC, to former President Goodluck Jonathan was being
held on the orders of the Nigerian Army.Acting chairman of the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, IbrahimMagu, also reassured
lawyers and judges that comments attributed to him in recent media
reports regarding the conduct of judicial officials were not intended
at impugning their integrity.Ojogbane Adegbe, a colonel, has been
detained since February 11, according to his lawyer.Adegbe is
challenging his arrest and continued detention by the anti-graft
agency.An FCT High Court has fixed March 1 for ruling in a Fundamental
Human Rights suit filed by Ojogbane Adegbe, a colonel and former
Aide-de- Camp, ADC, to President Goodluck Jonathan.The judge, Yusuf
Halilu, fixed the date after hearing the arguments of the parties in
the suit.At the resumed hearing of the case, Adegbe's lawyer, Ogwu
Onoja, told the court that the former ADC filed an application
pursuant to the provisions of the law and the rules of the court.Mr.
Onoja urged the court to declare that his client's arrest and
continued detention by EFCC since February 11 was unconstitutional and
violatedhis right to personal liberty guaranteed by the 1999
Constitution.He prayed the court to makean order directing EFCC to
immediately release the applicant from unlawful detention.Mr. Onoja
submitted that the arrest and detention of Adegbe by EFCC violated his
right to personal liberty and freedom of movement guaranteed by
Section 35 and 41 of the 1999 Constitution.The applicant's counsel
contended that EFCC's actionviolated Articles 5, 6 and 12 of the
African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.He also asked the court
to make an order mandating EFCC to release the plaintiff on bail
pending hearing of his case at the competent court of jurisdiction.Mr.
Onoja argued that there was no material evidence placed before the
court to show that the plaintiff was detained on the directive of the
Nigerian Army as claimed by the EFCC.Opposing the application, theEFCC
counsel, Musu Benda, informed the court that the respondent filed a
counter affidavit challenging the plaintiff's motion.Mrs. Benda
contended that Adegbe was not detained bythe EFCC, adding that the
ex-ADC was undergoing questioning and was kept on the directive of the
Nigerian Army.



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Former President, Jonathan’s former aide held on Army’s directive —EFCC
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