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Goodluck Jonathan Court condemns EFCC over continued detention of ex-president’s cousin

A High Court in Abuja has criticized the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the continued detention of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, Azibaola Roberts.

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Azibaola Roberts, the accused cousin of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

(ThisDay)

A High Court in Abuja has criticized the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the continued detention of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, Azibaola Roberts.

Roberts was arrested by the EFCC on March 23, 2016, after being accused of fraud to the tune of $40 million.

The court’s comments were made by presiding judge, Justice Goodluck Olasumbo.

“As an organisation that is set-up to enforce compliance with the law, the respondent must lead by example,” Justice Olasumbo said according to Vanguard.

“Rather than to comply with the production order, the respondent (EFCC) wilfully and knowingly side-stepped this court’s production warrant by releasing the applicant (Azibaola Robert) to security operatives, who allegedly took the applicant to Lagos on the same day and time the respondent was required to present the applicant before this court.

“The conduct of the respondent is condemnable. It undermines the integrity of the court and portends anarchy. No person being a natural or juristic person is greater than the court. All persons are subordinates to the rule of law.

“It is hoped that this rude conduct will never repeat itself. Let nobody pull the wool over the face of this court,” he added.

Roberts had earlier accused the EFCC of detaining him in order to indict Jonathan.

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