EFCC Says It Has Initiated Moves To Appeal Court’s Order On Its Chairman
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has initiated moves to set aside the order of an Abuja high court that its chairman, Abduraman Bawa be sent to Kuje prison, Abuja.
Justice Chisoba Oji on Tuesday, had convicted Bawa, for failing to execute an order of the court issued since November 21, 2018 to return a jeep and the sum of N40 million to the owner.
The judge, ruling in an application filed by a former airforce officer, ordered the EFCC chairman to be held at the Kuje correctional service, Abuja, until he purges himself of the contempt.
But the EFCC chairman, speaking to newsmen shortly after the ruling on Tuesday, said the agency had appealed against the order and would allow the natural course of judgment to take effect.
Throwing more light, EFCC in a statement by its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said Bawa is an apostle of the rule of law, and would not tolerate impunity.
According to EFCC, Bawa did not disregard any orders of court, adding that the order referred to by Justice Oji, was issued, three years before he became the chairman of the agency.
Again, EFCC said the order of the court had never been served on Bawa as the EFCC chairman, adding that despite this, he effected the release of the jeep to the retired airforce officer last June 27.
The agency said Bawa had also approved the process for the release of the N40 million to the former airforce officer.