Jonathan’s former ADC held on Army’s directive – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said that the Aide de Camp to former President Goodluck Jonathan was being held on the instructions of the Nigerian Army.

Ojogbane Adegbe, a colonel, has been detained since February 11, his lawyer said.

Mr. Adegbe is challenging his arrest and continued detention by the anti-graft agency.

An FCT High Court has fixed March 1 for ruling in a Fundamental Human Rights suit filed by Ojogbane Adegbe, a colonel and former Aide de Camp (ADC) to President Goodluck Jonathan.

The judge, Yusuf Halilu, fixed the date after hearing the arguments of the parties in the suit.

At the resumed hearing of the case, Mr. Adegbe’s lawyer, Ogwu Onoja, told the court that the former ADC filed an application pursuant to the provisions of the law and the rules of the court.

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

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

Mr. Onoja submitted that the arrest and detention of Adegbe by 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.

He also asked the court to make an order mandating EFCC to release the plaintiff on bail pending hearing of his case at the competent court of jurisdiction.

Mr. Onoja argued that there was no material evidence placed before the court to show that the plaintiff was detained on the directive of the Nigerian Army as claimed by the EFCC.

Opposing the application, the EFCC Counsel, Musu Benda, informed the court that the respondent filed a counter affidavit challenging the plaintiff`s motion.

Mrs. Benda contended that Mr. Adegbe was not detained by the EFCC, adding that the ex-ADC was undergoing questioning and was kept on the directive of the Nigerian Army.

The EFCC counsel, therefore, urged the court to dismiss the application for lack of merit.

(NAN)


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  • Olusegun Adekoya

    So much mess going on in this country and people that should speak out are quiet…so EFCC role now is to deprive people of their liberty on request of the army…its absolutely ridiculous

    • sunny

      it thought you were going to get yourself concern about those who suffers the consequence of the looting, and money diverted. nobody talks about those who are impoverished by the action of this few people, there arrest is now mess , and not their heartless and mindless looting of our resources , either they are yet to be arraign or not, no patriot should hold brief for this people. you are definitely insane segun

      • Amir

        Please forget that online e-diot. They are Jona’s men. For reasons best known to them they support every stealing and looting of the country. They are now few though. Like their master, many of his group have packed shop and gone home for spiritual deliverance from the demon of stealing, while others may have become fully mad since losing the election.

        • smart choice

          if you kwontinu like this we will abandon the anti corruption war and face the regime squarely

      • Olusegun Adekoya

        It is rude of you to call me insane. We can disagree but still be respectful.
        I strongly believe you don’t fight evil with evil. When people are locked up unjustifiably, it calls into question the fundamental human rights of such people and the power of government to deprive people of such fundamental rights. I do not care if its to fight corruption or not cos those fundamental rights were put in place for a reason.
        You can still fight corruption within the remit of the law without violating fundamental human rights. That is what is right and what the president should do. Most of the cases presently being trialled shall be overturned by the supreme court even if they are found guilty cos of the flaws sane people like us are outlying.
        I will not waste time going into details about this cos I know your like. Once your have been brainwashed into thinking in a particular way its hard to reason with you. To people like you PDP and the last administration is corrupt whilst APC and the present administration are saints.
        Time shall tell!!!

        • What has PDP/APC got to do with this? I love your presentation regarding some of these looters being put behind bars above time limit, instead they should be charge to court. This guy is still a serving soldier and the military has their own court an disciplinary measures against defaulting officers. Why on earth should efcc detain him for the military?

        • Reason-ability

          Do you know the law you are quoting? It is law that allows the people who feel they have been unjustifiably detained to seek to have their Fundamental Rights enforced. So do not judge the Government yet. Let us see what the FHR application will decide. Yu keep forgetting that the Government has legal rights under some circumstances to deprive a person of freedom until the provision of the law. The man under investigation is a military personnel and the Army has its own code for detention. I am sure they are soon going to pick up their man from EFCC.

    • Observer

      segun,i’m highly disappointed… so theyshould free them, i know you must be a fraudster , because it tells n your take

    • Julius

      The army should be holding those that are in the military that were involve in looting, sharing the arms purchase fund. The military justice is quicker and stiff. Dasuki case should be sent to the military court as well. You wont be here trying to defend these evil people.

      • blackdove

        Dasuki is retired

        • Julius

          Genius, he is still governed by the military laws and regulations. Ask a retired military officer , if you know one. Remember the case of General Kalu and Obj ? Both retired.

    • The facts

      I can’t even believe a lawyer can say they were detaining someone in behalf of the army. What sort of law are they operating in Nigeria?

      • FormerNigerian

        My response to Adekoya goes to you as well. You must be a thief also.

      • The facts

        So if I’m a thief, does that mean I shouldn’t be charged to court?

    • FormerNigerian

      If someone is a thief and is in custody for questioning, then you should have no problem with that. When PDP were in charge, a lot of military officers questioned how this guy owned so many properties in Nigeria and abroad. He then caused a lot of his honest colleagues to face court martial for speaking out. One of the many things that I hate about Nigeria is how people queue up to defend thieves just because they’re benefiting somehow from their stealing. I would call you zooplankton.

  • Man_Enough

    I hear the fee for one appearance of a SAN is 5,000,000 naira. The fact that these “accused” persons can put them to service as long as they want speaks volumes.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Civilian heads of state should have personal security assistants from the secret service not the military. This practise is a hang-over from many years of military dictatorship which must be stopped. Having made my point,I am a firm believer in the rule of law no matter what charges the suspect may be facing. The sudden change of track from the EFCC detention which was the original applicants for the detention of the ex ADC to Army custody is another flagrant violation of human rights which has typified the present Buhari dictatorship.

    Charge the man to court and let him defend himself instead of detaining people without trial under various false disguises.

  • international games

    Only in a jungle do people not see something wrong with a serving military officer being held on suspicion of a “possible” crime. Has he been “charged” with any crime? This is an insult to the office of the President. An ADC should only be arrested when there is overwhelming evidence against him.
    I may be wrong. Let our legal scholars correct me if so.

  • 9JA IS DYING DEAD UNDER BUHARI

    Whether the ADC to Jonathan is from DSS—Police or the Boy Scout Movement—the truth of the matter is that this singular act negates all the principles under which Jonathan handed over power peacefully to the Fulani monster Buhari——-One funny thing about Nigerians also is that, we often put our hands into a burning fire then complain hours later when we get our fingers burnt————-There is not Nigerian who would tell me he or she did not know what Buhari did to the economy of the country-ati his Luciferic human rights records when he had the opportunity to rule us—He messed up the entire economy with his gra gra army mentality–Sent humans to over 300 years in prison while he stole————Imagine the millions of nairia wasted in sending this man on a course–Only for him to be recalled and sent back home by Buhari—His only offence being that he served under Ijaw man Jonathan as his ADC–Period—That like Dasuki he may have had some information to pass unto an army. That now has a budget which is by far larger than the ministry of sports–in her physical edication centre-Another fake budget that is more than the money 9ja used in the purchase arms to fix her barracks—-while the Nation is at war. Asking Efcc to detain their personnel?–This is the first time I am hearing that the Nigerian armed Froces asked Efcc to detain its officers for politcal reasons- How many soldiers were detain over the murder of 400 Shiites in Zaria?

    • Mcyowa

      If the alleged corruption under Jonathan, 1 dollar was 180, and now without corruption under Buhari, 1 dollar is to 405; then ladies and Gentlemen, you all will agree with me that we need corruption in this country. #bringbackcorruption”

  • 9JA IS DYING DEAD UNDER BUHARI

    Whether the ADC to Jonathan is from DSS—Police or the Boy Scout Movement—the truth of the matter is that this singular act negates all the principles under which Jonathan handed over power peacefully to the Fulani monster Buhari——-One funny thing about Nigerians also is that, we often put our hands into a burning fire then complain hours later when we get our fingers burnt————-There is no Nigerian who would tell me he or she does not know the mess Buhari made of the economy ati his Luciferic human rights records when he had the opportunity to rule us-with Idiagbon. He turned the entire country upside down with his gra gra army mentality–Sent humans to over 300 years in prison while he stole————Imagine the millions of Naira wasted in sending this man on a course-in London-Only for him to be recalled and sent back home by Buhari–and his Gestapo-His only offence being that he served under Ijaw man Jonathan as his ADC–Period—Maybe that like Dasuki, he will have some information to pass unto an army abi? So detain until he confesses abi? t. Yesterday were told it was Dss that asked efcc to hold Dasuki. Now it is the army that is wasting more than 300b to renovate barracks—-while the Nation is at war, that is asking Efcc to detain their personnel?–This is the first time I am hearing that the Nigerian Armed Froces asked Efcc to detain her officers for politcal reasons- How many soldiers were detained over the murder of 400 Shiites in Zaria? Jonathan was right when he said Nigerian will wake one day and cry for his return-Separation is the answer—–

    • Arogbo

      We want the former ADC ro President Jonathan to return all the dollars he received on behalf of Goodluck Jonathan back to the treasury. A lot of money came through the villa from various source seeking one favor or the other. This former ADC to Jonathan is filthy rich, he must give back some of that stolen money whether he likes or not and if refuses, the government should lock him up and throw away key. Ole paraku.

  • favourtalk

    I don’t wanna believe that anyone can steal Nigeria money and still go scot free, we are no reason I the days of stealing around. We should all be accountable for our crimes like this adc that watched the steal our money and even participated I the crimes. He should be charged to court and e jail if convicted. NO story at All

  • MCYOWA

    If with the alleged corruption under Jonathan, 1 dollar was 180, and now without corruption under Buhari, 1 dollar is to 405; and a sachet of pure water now cost N20, then ladies and Gentlemen, you all will agree with me that we need corruption in this country. #bringbackcorruption”

    • matt

      Uu and ur generation will perish in hell.

  • Ayinde

    What we have witnessed in the past 8-9 months is noise making motion without movement. What has the ADC really done besides the fact that he was an ADC to Uncle Jona. Is that now a crime. This war is being taken too far

  • signipote

    I really pity Nigeria. What a mess. How can efcc say such. This regime is really like Samuel doe regime. Pure military filled with intimidation. Bet me we will wake up one morning and power will change hand but I don’t know how . God is never asleep.