Court sends EFCC boss Bawa to Kuje prison due to disobedience


Abdulrasheed Bawa, the head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was found guilty of contempt of court by an Abuja High Court sitting in Maitama.

On Tuesday, the EFCC chairman was found guilty for the anti-graft organization's disregard for a prior court order.

The defendant was Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Rufus Adeniyi Ojuawo, a former director of operations for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), and the court had ordered the EFCC to return his Range Rover and N40 million to him.

Ojuawo was charged by the EFCC with two counts in 2016 in Nyanya before Justice Muawiyah Baba Idris of the High Court of the FCT.

He was charged with obtaining N40 million from Societe D'Equipment Internationalnaux Nigeria Limited employee Hima Aboubakar in addition to a Range Rover Sport (Supercharged).

Ojuawo claimed in a lawsuit brought by his attorney, R.N. Ojabo, that the EFCC refused to abide by the court's November 21, 2018, delivered judgment ordering the release of his seized property.

However, the ruling issued on Tuesday by the presiding judge, Justice Chizoba Orji, stated that "the Chairman Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is in contempt of the orders of this honorable court made November 21st 2018 directing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abuja to return to the applicant his Range Rover (Supercharge) and the sum of N40, 000,000.00." (Forty Million Naira).

He should be confined to the Kuje Correctional Center for his willful disregard of the court's order, which was issued on November 21st, 2018, and his continuous disobedience of it, until he absolves himself of the contempt.

The order of this honorable court shall be immediately carried out, the Inspector General of Police shall see to it, Justice Orji declared.


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