Onitsha Based Business Man Eze Njoku Sues the EFCC and Anor. for Millions of Naira over Continued 48 Days Unlawful Detention, Demands Immediate Release

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By Osaivbe Osawaru

An Onitsha based businessman, Eze Njoku has sued the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and one Isioma Okafor claiming millions of Naira jointly and severally, against them for the violation of his fundamental human rights as he has been detained by the EFCC Benin Zonal Office since 24th August, 2021 till date on the prompting of the said Isioma Okafor.

In a matter concerning the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission led by one Nkechi Rita Ude, filed on his behalf by his Counsel Douglas Ogbankwa. Esq., Njoku is suing the EFCC for holding him in detention since the 24th of August till date, holding him first for 19 Days without any court order and presently with a court order that has since expired, after 14 days of it being granted ,all together for about 48 days as at now. Without any valid court order.

In the Case marked Suit No . B/194M/2021 :Eze Njoku v. EFCC & another, Mr. Njoku is seeking among other reliefs:

  1. a Declaration that his detention by the EFCC Benin Zonal Office on the promptings of Isioma Okafor -,the 2nd Respondent, which is beyond the permissible constitutional threshold of 24 hours is illegal and unconstitutional;
  2. an Order for his immediate release conditional or unconditionally;
  3. an Order of perpetual injunction against the EFCC and the 2nd Respondent jointly and severally, their agents and any person acting on their behalf from rearresting him, damages of millions of Naira against the EFCC and Isioma Okafor;
  4. an Order restraining the EFCC from using Civil Servants as Sureties as same has been declared illegal by the Court of Appeal in the case of the Col. Sambo Dasuki v the Director General, State Security Service.

In his Affidavit in support of the Application signed on his behalf by his brother in law, as he has been in detention, Eze Njoku states how he was arrested by proxy by the EFCC Benin Zonal Office led by the Acting Zonal Head, Mrs Nkechi Ude on a transaction that borders on forex trade that he has no hand in. He stated how he did not have any connections with the alleged crime and how he has been kept in detention for about 48 days now over a forex transaction between Isioma Okafor (the Complainant) and Smart Alban a Company belonging to.his brother, which he does not have any interest over. He stated that he is not a Director in the Company and that he has not met Isioma Okafor in his , life until he was arrested in Fegge Police Station, Onitsha by Isioma Okafor.

He stated how Isioma Okafor through the Police in Fegge Police Station took his house Keys to his house in Asaba and carted away all his furniture in the house worth well over the 18 Million Naira ,Isioma Okafor is claiming.He also stated that the EFCC in Benin is aware of the carting away of his properties by Isioma Okafor , despite this, they are keeping him in detention for 48 days now, under the guise that he should get a Surety that is a Permanent Secretary of a Federal or State Civil Service and a land owner that has Certificate of Occupancy in Benin.This has prompted Eze Njoku to ask the Court to quash the illegal use of civil servants as Sureties by the EFCC.

The case comes up on the 21st of October, 2021, before the Honourable Justice D.I. Okungbowa, before now sitting .as the Edo State High Court No 3, Benin City.


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