EFCC has no right to declare Aiteo’s Benedict Peters, or anyone ‘wanted’ -Court rules

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An Abuja High Court presided over by Justice Othman Musa Thursday quashed the EFCC declaration of Aiteo founder and African Billionaire-Businessman, Mr. Benedict Peters ‘Wanted’. The court described the move as illegal and unconstitutional and ordered the agency to apologise to the oil and gas entrepreneur.

The court also declared that the EFCC has no power to declare any Nigerian wanted without first obtaining a court’s approval.

THEWILL recalls that the EFCC declared Peters wanted in 2016 as part of its investigation into the 2015 electoral funding and related matters.

Peters aggrieved at the infringement of his fundamentals rights approached the Court through an application filled by his Lawyer, asking the judge to declare the action of the EFCC as unlawful, illegal and unconstitutional, quash the declaration and demand that agency tender a written apology to him.

Ruling in Favour of his application, the court set aside the EFCC declaration, pronouncing it as unconstitutional and further ordered it to desist from further infringement of Mr. Peters’ rights.

With this declaration, the EFCC must first obtain a court’s approval before it can formally declare anyone wanted.

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