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Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia Loses Suit Against EFCC

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[caption id="attachment_14171" align="alignnone" width="600"]Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia[/caption]

Justice Muslim Hassan of a Federal High Court in Lagos has denied Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia immediate release from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The judge also declined Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia’s appeal to declare that the remand order obtained by the EFCC from a magistrate court to detain her from November 10 till November 28, 2016 was unlawful, illegal and a violation of her fundamental human rights.

Justice Hassan held that the remand order issued by the magistrate was in line with the provision of Section 264(1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The beleaguered Justice had filed a suit seeking her immediate release from the custody of the anti-graft agency, but was struck out on Tuesday by Justice Hassan.

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According to the Justice Hassan, the suit had become academic in view Ofili-Ajumogobia’s arraignment before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja on Monday, where she was granted N20 million bail on self-recognition and would forfeit her international passports.

“The issue of the applicant’s bail from the EFCC custody has been overtaken by the event of her arraignment at the Lagos High Court and her subsequent release on bail by the court,” Justice Hassan held.

The judge, however frowned at the decision of the EFCC to rescind the administrative bail earlier granted Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia.

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