Lawyer writes N’Assembly, AGF, alleges Bawa-led EFCC connives to illegally detain client

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By Yemi Itodo

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Abuja based legal practitioner, Christopher Emeka-Izima, has explained how -led Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is conniving with one Chief Ezeani Okoye to detain his Client, Mr. Ifeanyi Israel for two weeks running.

Mr. Israel, a 45-year old Estate and Manager, is being detained on order of Chief Okoye, an 83-year old , over a mere allegation of non-remittance of rents paid through him by tenants occupying Okoye’s properties, which he (Israel) managing.

In a four-page petition submitted to EFCC headquarters, on behalf of detained client on Tuesday, Emeka-Izima also copied Attorney-General of the Federation and Minster of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN); the Committee on Human Rights and the National Human Rights Commission.

He alluded , despite meeting conditions, the EFCC had refused to grant administrative to Mr. Israel, whom the anti-graft agency is allegedly planning to keep in custody till 25th April, when he is likely to be arraigned at Gudu High on one-count charge, without a detention warrant.

Emeka-Izima also added , his Client first arrested in March 2019 on same allegation and kept for days without arraignment, even after he had met all conditions, saying, he later granted and asked to be reporting to the agency every two days, which he had complied with for over 2 years.

He said, his Client invited again by one Mr. Bakare on the 25th March, 2021, claiming to be the new officer assigned to the case by the new leadership of Bawa.

Client is being detained at the instance and pleasure of Chief (Dr.) Ezeani J.K. Okoye who had vowed to use the Commission to keep Client perpetually ‘out of circulation’ in this town after his failed attempt at this with the Navy and DIA sometime in 2018.

“Chief (Dr.) Ezeani J.K. Okoye has filed a civil suit at the FCT High in Suit No. FCT/CV/2050/2019. Dr. Joseph K. Okoye vs Ifeanyi Israel & Anor, where he is claiming the same money for which Client is now detained, but he abandoned the said civil matter since May 2020 after Client presented before the all the evidence of the remittance of all the money being claimed. For fear of Client defeating him in the process of prosecution of this case, he has made sure our Client would not be granted bail again by this ‘new ’ led by one Mr. Gudu Modibo”, the petition reads in part.

The lawyer, while praying the relevant authorities to intervene and release his Client, added that his health was deteriorating and that the team of EFCC was currently administering drugs to him, even as he said that was not sufficient enough.

He called on the EFCC Boss, Bawa, to grant his Client administrative bail, reminding him of his duties to the good people of Nigeria, especially, the generation of the young, to uphold and respect the rule of law, as no society would grow in absence of the rule of law.

When contacted, Hajia Aisha Larai Musa of the Public Unit of EFCC said she was far away and could not comment on the issue at the moment. She, however, promised to back to this reporter on Thursday.

Chief Okoye on his part, refused to speak with correspondent. He cut off the telephone conversation when the topic was introduced and also refused to respond to text messages.