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Goodluck Jonathan EFCC denies intimidating ex-president’s cousin, Azibaola

The anti-graft agency said Azibaola was released on administrative bail, but he was still in detention because he could not meet the conditions of his bail.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied forcing Robert Azibaola to implicate former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Azibaola is the cousin of the ex-president who has been in the custody of the EFCC since March 23, 2016.

The anti-graft agency said Azibaola was released on administrative bail, but he was still in detention because he could not meet the conditions of his bail.

EFCC made this submission in a counter affidavit filed by one of his operatives, Mohammed Hassan.

Azibaola had filed a suit through his lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, alleging that he has been detained unlawfully by the EFCC.

He also claimed that he is being intimidated because he is related to ex-president Jonathan.

In its response, the anti-graft agency operative, Hassan, asked the court to throw away the suit, saying “This suit is frivolous, time-wasting, an abuse of court processes and should be dismissed with cost.”

GEJ’s cousin, who is the Managing Director of Katakar Civil Engineering Company, was arrested by the EFCC in connection to an alleged $40m fraud.

Justice Olasunbo Goodluck of an Abuja High Court, however ordered the anti-graft agency to release Azibaola on April 7, 2016, stating that his detention by the EFCC for over two weeks is unconstitutional.

The EFCC also arrested Azibaola’s lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, over an alleged fraud over N61m.

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