Fight back: Former lawmaker sues EFCC

Emmanuel Okubenji

A former member of the House of Representatives, Napoleon Gbinije has dragged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before the High Court in Abuja over the alleged breach of his fundamental human rights.

The EFCC had on January 8, 9 and 10 declared Gbinije wanted through press releases and advertorials in newspapers and radio over alleged breach of trust and illegal diversion of funds to the tune of N281 million.

Gbinije, who represented Okpe/Sapele/Uvwie Federal Constituency of Delta state between 2003 and 2007, approached the court through his counsel, requesting a declaration that the actions of the EFCC culminating in the threatened arrest and indefinite detention of himself by the anti-corruption body are unconstitutional, illegal and amount to a violation and/or likely violation of his fundamental rights to personal liberty as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution.

As a result, he asked the court for a perpetual injunction restraining the EFCC from detaining or harassing him without following the due process of law.

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