Court dismisses Obanikoro’s N100m suit against EFCC

by Azeez Adeniyi
The Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday dismissed a N100m human rights suit by former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Obanikoro sued the commission for unlawful invasion of his houses and seizure of properties.
His lawyer, Lawal Pedro  urged the court to declare as null and void the items seized from their houses on June 14, 2016 by the EFCC.
He also urged the court to award N100m damages against the EFCC.
But in a ruling on Monday, Justice Abdulaziz Anka struck out Obanikoro’s suit for being incompetent.
The judge noted that the applicants’ houses were searched by the EFCC based on search warrants secured by the anti-graft agency from the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court.
Justice Anka said he could not declare the recovered items as null and void.

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