A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Nigerian Army to immediately release Col. Ojogbane Adegbe, ex-ADC of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
In his ruling, Justice Yusuf Halilu, ordered the EFCC to release Adegbe on bail pending his arraignment in court. He also told the Nigerian army and any other government agency keeping Col. Adegbe in detention, to immediately obey the court’s order, as the order was binding on every government agency.
Justice Halilu wondered why the EFCC had reduced itself to a “police station”, stating that the agency must not go beyond what the law requires of it.
According to the judge, the EFCC had no right whatsoever, to detain an individual at will, adding that it was unconstitutional for the agency to keep Adegbe in detention for more than 24 hours.
After the counsel to Adegbe, Ogwu Onoja informed the court that the anti-graft agency had transferred his client to a military facility, the judge stated that his ruling was binding not only on the EFCC, but also on any agency keeping him in detention.