An Abuja High Court has ordered the arrest of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Lamorde, for disobeying a valid court order.
Justice Peter Kekemeke directed the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar to apprehend the EFCC boss and an operative of the anti-graft agency, Mr Friday Ebelo and keep in prison custody within the next two weeks, except they apologize to a lawyer whose fundamental human rights were allegedly violated by the commission.
However, the EFCC has disclosed that it has perfected plans to appeal the ruling.
The court had on March 8 and December 5, 2012, ordered Lamorde to release the call-to-bar certificate of one Mr Innocent Onwu, an Abuja-based lawyer, apologize to him through a national newspaper as well as pay him N50, 000 as compensation.
Onwu had on October 31, 2011 initiated a fundamental rights enforcement proceeding after he was detained by the EFCC between June 27 and July 1, 2011 without order of court based on a petition by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, accusing him of complicity in fraud pertaining to a case he was investigating for a client.
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