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ECONOMIC and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC,
yesterday, denied reports that
an FCT High Court accused the
EFCC of illegally holding Mr.
Robert Azibaola, a cousin of former
President Goodluck Jonathan.
Azibaola had been arrested in late
March for allegedly receiving $40m
for a dubious pipeline contract
through a former National Security
Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
Some newspapers reported that
a court had slammed the EFCC
for illegally detaining Azibaola
despite a court order instructing the
commission to release him.
However, the EFCC in a
statement by its spokesman, Mr.
Wilson Uwujaren, said this was far
from the truth.
“The attention of the EFCC
has been drawn to a report
entitled, ‘Judge faults EFCC over
detention of Jonathan’s cousin’,
which appeared in a number of
newspapers yesterday.
“The syndicated story tended
to create the wrong notion that
Justice Olasumbo Goodluck of the
FCT High Court condemned the
commission for allegedly violating
the fundamental rights of Roberts
Azibaola, a suspect that is under
investigation for receiving $40 million
in a phantom contract from the office
of the National Security Adviser.
“This is further from what
transpired in court on Wednesday,
May 25, 2016 when her lordship
delivered ruling in the fundamental
rights enforcement application of
“The court merely frowned at the
commission’s inability to produce
the suspect in line with an earlier
order of court on the ex-parte
application of Azibaola for which
counsel representing the EFCC
apologised to her lordship.
“The commission had earlier filed
a motion asking the court to set aside
the ex-parte order on the grounds that
it was obtained by false information,
which the court rejected.
“It must be stated that the EFCC is
a law abiding entity and could not
have taken any action that would
disregard the sanctity of the court.”
Uwujaren alleged that a section of
the media had been compromised
and were twisting the facts as
the court never accused the antigraft
agency of illegally detaining
Jonathan’s cousin.

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