JUST IN: Court stops EFCC from arresting, detaining or prosecuting ex-Kogi governor Yahaya Bello

A High Court sitting in Lokoja, Kogi State, has restrained the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from infringing on the fundamental human rights of the immediate-past governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

Justice I.A Jamil of High Court IV gave the order in a two-hour judgement delivered in suit no HCL/68/M/2020 in Lokoja on Wednesday.

The court restrained the EFCC from arresting, detaining, and prosecuting the applicant (Bello) except as authorised by the Court.

“By this order, the EFCC is hereby restrained from arresting, detaining and prosecuting the applicant except as authorised by the Court.

“This is a definite order following the earlier interim injunction given,” he said.

Bello had filed a case of a breach of his fundamental human rights by the Anti-graft agency before the state High Court.

The Ex-Gov had prayed for an order restraining the EFCC from arresting, detaining and prosecuting him unjustly.

He sought for the enforcement of his fundamental right against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Consequently, the Court restrained the respondents from persecuting the applicant, safe only when it has a reasonable evidence upon proper investigation.

On the issue of jurisdiction as challenged by the EFCC, the judge said it had failed and so was dismissed.

“This honourable court has jurisdiction to entertain this application.

“Therefore, the substantive issues of fundamental human rights sought by the applicant succeeds,” the judge declared .

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the judgement, the Applicants counsels, S.A. Abbas and MS Yusuf, described the judgment as a landmark and a victory for the judiciary.

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