Human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome has said former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim is still being detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, despite reports that he has been released.
Ozekhome said this in a statement he released on Friday.
- Anyim was arrested by the EFCC for allegedly receiving N528m from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
- He has also been accused of contract fraud, particularly in the ecological fund contract.
- There had been reports that Anyim had been released after the agency seized his passport.
What Ozekhome said:
- However, Ozekhome in his statement said Anyim was being forced to sign self-incriminating documents.
- He also alleged that Anyim was being compelled under duress to release some of his property against his will.
- He said Anyim is being kept under inhuman conditions despite meeting administrative conditions for bail.
His statement read, “We are solicitors to Chief Anyim Pius, former SGF who was detained by EFCC and has since been kept in its Gulag for about 9 days.
“Our attention has been drawn to carefully planted false and misleading reports published in various online and newsprint publications to the effect that Anyim has since Wednesday 22nd November, been released by the EFCC on administrative bail.
“This is a lie from the pit of hell. Those false reports that credit their source to unnamed sources within the EFCC have continued to circulate throughout Thursday and Friday with intent to deceive the world and divert its attention from the gross abuse of the fundamental rights of Anyim who has been kept under inhuman and degrading conditions for this unconstitutionally lengthy period.
“The truth is that Anyim is still held in EFCC custody up till this minute in spite of fulfilling all administrative bail conditions including deposit of his international passport, and being compelled under duress and undue influence to sign all manner of self-incriminating and property stripping documents against his will.
“In spite of these and the clear position of sections 35 and 36 of the Nigerian Constitution and the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), the EFCC has bluntly refused to release Anyim to go attend to his very poor health which he was receiving treatment before he was forcibly taken away from his home.
“This is calling on the Attorney General of the Federation and minister of Justice to prevail on the EFCC (Law and Enforcement Agencies) to respect the rule of law and the constitution they have sworn to respect and protect, by promptly ordering Anyim’s release forthwith, since no charges have been preferred against him and since he has fulfilled all administrative bail conditions.”