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We won’t disobey court orders – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said that it will obey court orders in the ongoing prosecution of corrupt public office holders.

The Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, told journalists on Tuesday in Abuja that the EFCC had no reason to disobey court orders.

Magu said the campaign against corruption was not about him or the EFCC but the collective desire of Nigerians to move the country forward.

He said, “We have never had any reason to disobey any court order and we will not disobey court orders. It is not about me, it is about the desire to move this country forward.”

Magu spoke amidst complaints in some quarters that the commission was committing acts of rights’ violation against detained suspects.

A Lagos based-lawyer, Mr. Ebunolu Adegboruwa, had accused the commission of violating the rights of the spokesperson of the People’s Democratic Party, Chief Olisah Metuh, in a suit he filed against the commission.

Also, an Austrian who has been detained at the headquarters of the commission, Mr. Wolfgang Reinl, also complained of rights abuse against the commission in a letter written to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), by his lawyer, Mr. Emeka Obegolu on January 8,2016.

The commission also came under criticism in some quarters for re-arresting the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) and the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi, immediately after they were granted bails by various courts.

The EFCC Chairman did not give room for a question and answer session with the media as he promised to meet them at a later date.

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