President Jonathan’s ADC sues EFCC, demands N100m damages

An Aide de Camp (ADC) to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Ojogbane Adegbe, has dragged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to court to challenge his alleged detention.

Mr. Adegbe, a colonel, in the suit filed at the Federal High Court, his counsel, Ogwu Onoja, (SAN) is claiming N100 million damages for his detention which violated his fundamental rights.

Mr. Onoja urged the court to declare that his client’s arrest and continued detention by EFCC since February 11 was unconstitutional and violated his right to personal liberty guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution.

He urged the court to make an order directing the EFCC to immediately release the applicant from unlawful detention.

Mr. Onoja argued that the arrest and detention of Mr. Adegbe by the EFCC violated his right to personal liberty and freedom of movement guaranteed by Section 35 and 41 of the 1999 Constitution.

The applicant’s counsel contended that EFCC’s action violated Articles 5,6 and 12 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

The case has been fixed for Feb. 26 for hearing.



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  • Angry Niaja

    Only 100million, he should have sued for 1billion. Don’t worry, you’ll soon withdraw as per Rickey Tarfah style. A colonel living way above his means.

  • Regardless of the crime, a Nigerian cannot be arrested and incarcerated by Buhari and his thugs. We’ll continue to advocate the application of due process in the fight against corruption. Nigerian laws and the constitution are more effective than Buhari’s orders.

    • Julius

      Genius, arresting someone for a crime is the rule of law . Interrogation is due process. He hasnt be throw in jail yet.

      • I disagreed. We’ll continue to condemn the deplorable tactics of fighting this corruption. This is simply jungle justice seen in a BANANA REPUBLIC. A citizen is innocent until proven otherwise. Incarceration of a citizen without due process is illegal. Buhari should be named a co-defendant.

        • Julius

          Who is being incarcerated without due process ? You ?The folks that sent soldiers to war without the proper weapons to fight the BK ? The people that shared the arms purchase funds ?. Please , name Buhari as a co-defendant

          • All these charges were alledged by Buhari. We’ve been told that Jonathan and Dasuki bought more arms than any previous administrations since the first Republic. It’s the same arms being used by the army today. We want to hear publicly from Dasuki and others in court. The incarceration is illegal. Buhari was once a cheerleader of Boko Haram.

          • Julius

            Okay General George, charge him to court.

          • We all want a better Nigeria where all citizens have their rights protected by a strong institution. For 45 yrs we were subjugated by wanton dictatorships.

          • Julius

            I agree but, we need to deal with these bastards in any way we can. Dont you think the children, families and wives of those soldiers deserve some justice ? To be honest with you, they are lucky to be a Nigerian . I know some other countries that they would have been shot by now and some of their family thrown in jails.I have no pity for folks like Dasuki and his gangs. No matter where they came from. By the way. they are from all parts of the country. F dem all !!

          • So far, the allegations are speculative and media lynching until Dasuki and co. are found guilty. Buhari cannot exonerate himself. Buhari and the Arewa Elders were once the cheerleaders of BH.

          • Julius

            Dasuki isnt denying the allegations. All he said is that Jonathan gave him the order to share the fund. So, what are you talking about ?

          • That’s not a valid reason for incarceration without bail. Nobody should be jailed until after trial and found guilty. Let’s go to trial and let Dasuki defend himself. The illegality of the whole process is a ground for dismissal.

          • Julius

            Do you know how many people in jail waiting for trial ? What do you think happens to people that were refused bail ?All over the world. Think about that bro.

          • whales1212

            It’s hard for a distorted mind to understand any rational opinion.

          • Julius

            So true bro.

          • Motherland

            Or since the Hitler war, clown

    • FreeNigeria

      Oga George, you mean say na Buhari arrest am, lock am up inside him room for Aso Rock. na wao ooooooo. where u dey get ur news. Otuoke Times

      • The “shoe shiners ” do the dirty jobs.

      • Julius


      • chukwu michael

        That is not what he meant. What he meant is that the man who sent another to kill is as guilty as the finger that pressed the trigger.

  • FreeNigeria

    This ADC na truly Mumu, just like him former oga. A serving military officer can’t sue the government, which EFCC happens to be part of. He can take his grievance to his commanders, in this case they gave approval for his arrest and detention as long as it takes. He’s still serving and was paid thru the period.

    • Mayo

      That is not true. He can sue the government. EFCC doesn’t need approval from his commanders before they can arrest him. The law also says if you arrest someone, you need to charge the person to court within a specific timeframe unless you obtain permission from the courts to detain the person further. If this is not done, the arrested person has the right to sue which is what this ADC has done.

    • chukwu michael

      And a serving Officer can be detained as long as the crooks called EFCC wishes? Look at your argument. Because he is serving, he should be violated with crass impunity? His Command released him to be detained even without establishing any case against him and when the trial comes and he is not guilty, what happens to those periods of unlawful detention? When something has not happened to some us, we talk as if we are angels. The Law forbidding a serving Officer from suing should have taken care of the same serving Officer being unlawfully detained. In your lame opinion, you forgot that a serving Officer can sui the Government for violating his rights. You just pick people and dump them in cell and went on without care? All these rubbish may get to a point when people will revolt against this madness. Gradually, we are becoming aware that Buhari is stuffing DSS and Efcc with money as secret Soldiers to perpetuate him in the Office. The drum is beating, the mad dancers are dancing without reasoning. Very soon, the drum will burst.

  • Julius

    LOL !. Best time to be a lawyer in Nigeria. This dude just wasted his looted shares !

  • IZON Redeemer

    100m is too small for the liars and thieves in Efcc——-Madu is like an Alawada dancer who dance not follow thee drum beat –os often misses his steps————-with his brainless gra gra——–That is what most Northerns are noted for –Give them one small opportuintiy they will be shouting their heads off while the real job remains undone–Thios can be examined from Sanusi–Ribadu–El Rufia—–among other Fulanis—-They are all a bunch of noise makers—-liars—-with nothing upstairs to show for all the money wasted on them from the crude oil base of the South south-animals

  • Rommel

    Hahahahahahahahahaha this guy should welcome to the new Nigeria where laws are for everyone even though the PDP still has a strong hold on the nations judiciary

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    EFCC needs to put a stop to these indiscriminate arrests and prolonged detention. Arrests should not be made until EFCC is ready to arraign. This style of arresting people and thereafter scouring for evidence is illegal and unlawful.

  • favourtalk

    He will soon withdraw the case like tarfa did just few day ago, when he sees the bundle of case around him that EFCC has to show him, he hasn’t seen anything. Nobody that steals our money will go scot free this time around. Nigeria is for a better nation. We don’t want anything that will draw us back again

  • Proud Yoruba

    They should let him go so that he can be running about the creeks like fugitive Tompolo? If you don’t want EFCC trouble, don’t steal, period!

  • Jacky

    Olisa Metuh should give his brother-looter (Colonel Adegbe) some wise words of caution about what happened to him (Metuh) when he refused to cooperate with EFCC investigators. This is Magu-EFCC not the Lazy-Lamorde’s and this is Buhari administration not “Fortunato” Jonathan administration. Col. Adegbe can try his luck and hire Ricky Tarfa (SAN) for proper legal advice.

  • Dan maikoko

    EFCC must be professional and gather enough evidence to indict before a person is arrested. Even after indictment the accused must be released on bail or otherwise to prepare his defense.