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The continued detention of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, Azibaola Roberts, for over 65 days without trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been described by the High Court sitting in Abuja as a conduct that smacks of anarchy.

The EFCC on March 23, arrested Robert over alleged diversion of $40 million through One-Plus Holdings.

Robert was arrested by the EFCC on March 23, over alleged diversion of $40 million through One-Plus Holdings, a sister company of Kakatar Construction and Engineering Company Limited, meant for securing oil pipelines contract.

In a suit filled to enforce his fundamental rights, trial judge, Justice Goodluck Olasunbor berated the EFCC for the prolonged detention of Azibaola Robert, Vanguard reports.

The judge faulted the anti graft agency for failing to adhere to the production of warrant of the court served on EFCC, on March 19, 2016.

Justice Olasunbor said: “Rather than to comply with the production order, the respondent (EFCC) wilfully and knowingly side-stepped this court’s production warrant by releasing the applicant (Azibaola Robert) to security operatives, who allegedly took the applicant to Lagos on the same day and time the respondent was required to present the applicant before this court.

“Worried over the conduct of EFCC, the court maintained that the anti-graft agency or any other security agency must obey a subsisting court order for the production of a particular suspect in its custody.”

The judge noted that the EFCC acted inappropriately, adding that no person being a natural or juristic person is greater than the court and that all persons are subordinates to the rule of law.

He said: “It is hoped that this rude conduct will never repeat itself. Let nobody pull the wool over the face of this court.”
Meanwhile, EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu has stated that there is no individual who would “come out clean” after honouring the invitation of the anti-graft agency.

Magu said this based on the premise that the commission puts effort in investigating suspects before inviting them for questioning.

Magu made the comments while speaking on Question Time, a programme aired on Channels Television. He also addressed the allegations in some quarters that the EFCC is witch-hunting political opponents of the present administration.
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