JUSTICE M.N. Okonkwo of the Anambra State High Court has ordered the release of a community leader, Elder Emma Nwasor, of Obunasator, Nibo, Awka South Local Government Area, from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) custody.
Nwasor was arrested on December 16, 2020, at a bank.
His lawyer, Mike Ikegbunam, raised the alarm five days after Nwasor’s arrest. He insisted that Nwasor was granted bail but the EFCC claimed the Army tool him to Abuja.
Ikegbunam approached the court to seek Nwasor’s release, and an interim injunction restraining EFCC and its officials from further harassment or arrest.
Applicants in the matter are Emma Nwasor and six other leaders of Obunasator community, while the respondents are the Inspector General of Police (IG), Commissioner of Police, EFCC chairman, Zonal head of EFCC and seven others.
Ikegbunam said: “Though I didn’t receive any petition by EFCC as reason for my client’s arrest, but he earlier told me they were investigating huge sums of money that came into his account and how he spent it. As a community leader, his account is mostly used to execute projects in the town.”
Justice Okonkwo, in his judgment, said: “The interim order is hereby made restraining the respondents, their officers and agents, privies or whoever, from arresting, threatening to arrest or detaining, continuing to harass or intimidate the applicant in respect of the issue that gave rise to this application.
“The respondents are hereby ordered to release the first applicant on bail or alternatively produce him in court in the next adjourned date to show cause why he should not be admitted to bail.”
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