The detained cousin of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Robert Azibaola, has urged a Federal High Court in Lagos to declare as unlawful any attempt by the EFCC to make him indict the former President.
In a fresh suit filed on Wednesday, Azibaola’s lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, claimed that any attempt to make his client indict the ex-President was a violation of Section 7 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, “which has outlawed the practice of arresting a citizen as ransom for the alleged offence of another citizen.”
Azibaola, said to have been in the EFCC’s detention since March 23, is also, through Adegboruwa, urging the court to bar the EFCC from approaching any magistrate’s court to obtain any remand warrant extending his detention in the anti-corruption agency’s facility.
The EFCC had reportedly detained Azibaola on the allegation that he diverted $40million
through a company, One-Plus Holdings, which was awarded the contract of pipeline surveillance.
The EFCC had transferred him from Abuja to Lagos where it, on April 22, obtained a warrant from a Lagos State Magistrate’s Court in Ikeja to remand him pending conclusion of investigation into his crime.
But in the fundamental rights enforcement action filed on Azibaola’s behalf on Wednesday, Adegboruwa said that EFCC could not rely on sections 293 and 294 of the ACJA to continue to detain his client.
He claimed that those sections of the law were designed for criminal offences such as murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and treasonable felony, which attract capital punishment for which the police would need time to await a legal advice from the office of the Attorney-General.
Azibaola claimed that he is being persecuted based on his blood relation with ex-President Jonathan.