Lawyer drags EFCC, AGF to court over Metuh’s detention ‬


Akin Kuponiyi
Olisa Metuh, PDP National Publicity Secretary held by EFCC
‪ A Lagos-based lawyer and human rights activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has dragged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) before a Federal High Court in Lagos, southwest Nigeria over the continued detention of the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh.
‪ Joined as co-respondents in the suit is the Attorney General of the Federation(AGF), Abubakar Malami.‬
‪ In the said suit filed Monday, Barrister Adegboruwa is seeking for the immediate release of Metuh, who was arrested by the operatives of the EFCC on 5 January, 2016, in his house in Abuja and has been in custody ever since then.
‪ Adegboruwa is contending that under Section 35 of the 1999 Constitution, the EFCC has exceeded the maximum time allowed by law for the detention of a citizen, without trial in court of law.
‪In an affidavit in support of the suit deposed to by Adegboruwa himself, the lawyer chronicled the events leading to the arrest of Olisa Metuh in his house at N14, Drive 1, Prince and Princess Estate, Abuja, by the operatives of the EFCC.‬
‪He averred that the arrest of the main voice of the opposition in Nigeria is part of the dictatorial tendencies of the Buhari administration to silence all voices of dissent.‬
‪Consequently, he is seeking the following reliefs from the court:
“A declaration that the Respondents are not entitled to arrest, detain or in any other manner restrict the liberty of the Applicant on any account without charge in flagrant violation of the Applicant’s fundamental rights guaranteed under sections 35, 38, 40 and 41 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 and Articles 4, 5, 6, 9, 12 and 14 of the African …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper