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Court sets aside order jailing EFCC chairman for contempt

Court sets aside order jailing EFCC chairman for contempt
November 11
07:43 2022

The federal capital territory (FCT) high court in Abuja has set aside its earlier order jailing Abdulrasheed Bawa, chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for contempt.

TheCable had reported how the court ordered that the EFCC boss be remanded over the failure of the anti-graft agency to comply with its initial order.

Chizoba Oji, the presiding judge, ordered the inspector-general of police (IGP) to ensure that Bawa is sent to prison for disobedience.

The judge gave the order in the motion on notice filed by Adeniyi Ojuawo, air vice marshal (now retired), against the federal government.


The judge held that Bawa is in contempt of the order of the court after the commission failed to return a Range Rover and the sum of N40 million to Ojuawo.

However, reacting to the court verdict in a statement on Tuesday, the commission explained that it had released the Range Rover to the applicant on June 27 and was in the process of releasing the N40 million.

Consequently, it filed an application dated November 10.


In the application, Bawa cited relevant sections of the Nigerian constitution and procedural laws of the court, praying the judge to quash his conviction.

Ruling on the application, the judge said she was satisfied that the EFCC chairman did not disregard the court’s orders, asking him to release seized assets belonging to the retired air vice marshal.

The judge held that the evidence before her showed Bawa had complied with the court’s order directing the EFCC to return the vehicle and money to Ojuawo.

“I hereby set aside the entire contempt proceedings in Suit No. FCT/HC/CR/184/2016 between the federal republic of Nigeria v AVM Rufus Adeniyi Ojuawo,” she ruled


“That I further set aside the conviction of the applicant, the Executive Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, for contempt unconditionally.”

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