Austrian Wants EFCC Boss, Magu, Jailed For Disobeying Court Order


Ibrahim Magu EFCC Chairman
Ibrahim Magu EFCC Chairman

 An Austrian security expert, Wolgang Rein, has filed a contempt charge against the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu for allegedly disobeying the order of an Abuja High Court. 

The contempt charge filed at the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, Abuja is asking the EFCC boss to show cause why he should not be committed to prison. 

The charge followed the refusal of the EFCC to obey orders issued by Justice Peter Affen of the FCT High Court in respect of the unlawful arrest and detention of the applicant. 



    Justice Affen had on April 20, ordered EFCC to release the International Passport, cheque books, cell-phones and other properties of the foreign businessman unlawfully confiscated from him since December 2015 when his Abuja house was allegedly invaded and ransacked by the operatives of the anti-graft agency.

    The judge also ordered EFCC to pay the security expert a sum of N10m as compensatory damages for his unlawful detention from December 28, 2015 to February 5, 2016, a period of over five weeks.

     The court also barred the EFCC from arresting, re-arresting, detaining or embarking on further seizure of the international passport of the plaintiff who is an Austrian security consultant.

    However, at the time of this report, the EFCC was yet to comply with the judgment prompting the applicant through his lawyer Mazi Afam Osigwe to file the contempt charge against the EFCC boss for violation of a lawful court order.




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