Abdulrasheed Bawa, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been convicted by an FCT High Court for his agency’s failure to comply with an earlier order of the court.
Bawa’s conviction follows the failure of the EFCC to comply with a court order asking it to return a Range Rover and the sum of N40 million to the applicant in a suit.
In her ruling, Justice Chizoba Oji held that the anti-crime Commission boss has committed contempt of the orders of the court made on November 21, 2018.
Ojuawo had in a suit filed by his lawyer, R.N. Ojabo, argued that the EFCC refused to comply with the order for the release of his seized property, made by the court in a judgment delivered on November 21, 2018.
“Having continued wilfully in disobedience to the order of this court, he should be committed to prison at Kuje Correctional Centre for his disobedience, and continued disobedience of the said order of court made on November 21st, 2018, until he purges himself of the contempt,” the court ordered.
The judge also directed the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba to ensure compliance with the court order forthwith.
In his reaction, Bawa said that an appeal had been filed.
“Well, we have appealed against it, so we will allow the natural course of law to take its effect,” Bawa said.
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