A federal high court in Abuja has overturned Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Abdulrasheed Bawa’s contempt sentence.
Remember that on Tuesday, November 8, Justice Chizobi Oji declared that Bawa was in violation of the court’s judgment issued on November 21, 2018, ordering the commission to return a petitioner’s Range Rover (supercharged) and the amount of N40 million.
Bawa maintained to disobey the court till he absolved himself of the contempt, at which point the judge instructed that he be sent to the Kuje Correctional Center in Abuja.
Justice Oji also instructed Usman Baba, the Inspector General of Police, to see that the court’s ruling was immediately carried out.
On November 10, the court overruled the hearings after hearing a motion from the EFCC Chairman.
The application was submitted in accordance with the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s 1999 constitution (as amended), Sections 6(6)(a) and 36(1), Section 91 of the Sheriffs and Civil Process Act, Cap. S6 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (2004), and other pertinent laws.
Justice Oji ruled on the implementation and found that the EFCC Chairman was not in contempt of the court because he had agreed to cooperate with the court’s order to release the Respondent’s Range Rover and because the Applicant had started the internal mechanism of the commission to ensure the payment of N40,000,00 to the Respondent through a number of internal memos.
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