Rights lawyer files motion against EFCC boss over alleged contempt

March 8th, 2018

By Ameh Ejekwonyilo

Chief Nkereuwen Akpan, a human right lawyer, has filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking to be joined as a party in a suit instituted by EFCC against Abba Moro.

Moro was a former Minister of Interior under the ex-President Goodluck Janathan’s administration.

Moro, who is standing trial with three others on allegations financial misappropriation surrounding an ill-fated recruitment exercise in the Nigeria Immigration Service.

The suit brought pursuant to Section 6(6) (a) (b) of the 1999 Constitution and dated Jan.28, 2018 was made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja.

The applicant is seeking an order to be joined as a defendant to the suit.

He is also seeking the leave of the court to allow him to file his preliminary objection, counter affidavit, written submission and all other processes in the suit.

Akpan has asked for alternative order for the court to take judicial notice of an appellate court’s decision on the legality of Ibrahim Magu to still remain Acting Chairman of the EFCC.

The applicant avers that Magu in the exercise of his functions under the EFCC Act has negatively impacted on the rights of the party seeking to be joined.

He submits that the plaintiff has been adjudged by a court of competent jurisdiction to have violated Section 35 in suit No.CT/HC/CV/494/2010 delivered May 25, 2011.

Akpan argued that Magu’s continuous stay as the head of the anti-graft commission was also invalidated by the Court of Appeal, Abuja in suit No. CA/A/282/2013 delivered August 14, 2013.

Akpa, further avers that he has been negatively affected by the continuous exercise of the functions of office as Acting Chairman of the EFCC by the plaintiff therein.

He therefore, said the plaintiff could not while in contempt of the Orders of court approach the same court seeking equitable reliefs.

The suit is yet to be assigned to a judge.


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