Friday, July 03, 2015

EFCC, NDLEA ordered by court to pay man N2m after wrongful detention

A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency to pay a sum of N2m to one Lawrence Ejiofor as compensation for his prolonged and unlawful detention by the agency.
To bear the judgment debt alongside the NDLEA is the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission which the court also found culpable of having a hand in the violation of Ejiofor’s fundamental human rights.

The applicant, through his lawyer, Dr. Chima Nnaji, had approached Justice Mohammed Yunusa, seeking a declaration that his detention by the two agencies for over 30 days without trial was unlawful.
He also prayed the court to order the NDLEA to return to him a sum of $96,500 confiscated from him.
According to Nnaji, Ejiofor was not allowed to declare the foreign currency at the Nigerian Customs Service Declaration Point, as required by law.
Instead, NDLEA officials arrested the applicant for money laundering, saying they suspected the money to be proceed of drug business.
After detaining him for over 30 days, they handed him over to the EFCC for further investigation.
When the commission found that Ejiofor was not involved in money laundering, it discharged Ejiofor but still held onto the money.
He prayed the court to hold that the continued seizure of the $96,500 for several months was unconstitutional.
Ejiofor sought N20m as compensation for his unlawful detention from April 16 to May 16, 2014.
NDLEA had argued that the applicant’s arrest was lawful “given the suspicious manner he conducted himself on arrival at the airport from Tanzania.”

EFCC *side eyes* no word for you guys. 

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