9th April, 2016
A Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital and presided over by Justice James Tsoh has declared as unlawful, the arrest and detention of the deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Uche Secondus.
The court also awarded N10 million damages against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Secondus had approached the court through his lawyer, Emeka Etiaba SAN to enforce his fundamental human rights, which he claimed were violated by EFCC.
In the motion before the court, he asked Justice Tsho to declare his arrest and detention illegal.
He also asked the court to award damages against the commission.
In his ruling, the judge said, “The first prayer of the applicant is hereby granted and the sum of N10million damages is hereby awarded against the respondent (EFCC)”.
It would be recalled that a month ago, EFCC arrested Secondus for illegally receiving buses on behalf of his party.
The anti-graft agency then asked him to return the buses.