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Nigeria: $6bn Mambilla Scandal – Court docket Dismisses Agunloye’s Rights Violation Go well with Towards EFCC

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A Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja has dismissed a swimsuit filed by a former Minister of Energy and Metal, Olu Agunloye, towards the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC).

The previous minister had alleged a breach of his elementary human rights by the EFCC.

Delivering judgment on Monday, the presiding decide, Obiora Egwuatu, held that the swimsuit was an try by Agunloye to guard himself from legal investigation.

Egwuatu mentioned it was an act to make the courtroom intervene with the mandate of the anti-graft company to ask him for interrogation, pursuant to Sections 6 and seven of the EFCC Act.

In accordance with the decide, “In totality, I’m unable to see any breach of the applicant’s proper to private liberty, freedom of motion.”

The EFCC is investigating the previous minister over his alleged involvement in a $6 billion Mambilla hydropower contract awarded to Dawn Energy in 2003.

Dawn Energy had, on October 10, 2017, started arbitration towards Nigeria on the Worldwide Court docket of Arbitration, Paris, France, in search of a $2.354 billion award for “breach of contract” in relation to a 2003 settlement to assemble the three,050MW plant in Mambilla, Taraba state, on a “construct, function and switch” foundation.

Agunloye had filed the movement on discover marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/863/2023 on June 27, 2023, by way of his lawyer, Bolaji Ayorinde.

Amongst the seven reliefs, the ex-minister had sought a declaration that his steady invitation, interview and interrogation by EFCC in reference to the Mambilla contract was “arbitrary, malicious, unconstitutional and illegal”.