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Abiodun Agbele‎, an associate of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has filed a N500 million suit against the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for his unlawful arrest, Punch reports.

Agbele was said to have been arrested on June 27 in connection to the handling of over N1.219 billion on behalf of Fayose during the Ekiti State governorship election in 2014.

The money was believed to be part of the N4.7 billion that was diverted from the Office of the National Security Adviser and deposited into the bank account of a company belonging to the sons of a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.

According to the suit filed on behalf of Agbele by his counsels, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and Olalekan Ojo, they urged the court to declare his arrest and detention unlawful and award N500 million as compensatory damages against the EFCC.

READ: How 1.3bn NSA funds were traced to Fayose

They argued that the arrest and continued detention of Agbele beyond the 48 hours allowed by the Constitution amounts to violation of his rights to freedom of liberty, human dignity and the right to acquire and own properties.

Justice Olukayode Adeniyi of the Federal High Court, Apo, Abuja is expected to hear the suit on Friday, July 15.

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