Man sues EFCC, demands N20m for rights violation

EFCC officials on duty
TJ
Tochi Juliet

A financial consultant based in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Mr Ubong Williams, has sued the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to court and is demanding N20m as compensation for the alleged violation of his rights by the anti-graft agency.

Williams prayed the court to declare his arrest and detention by the EFCC on September 2, 2020, as a violation of his fundamental rights.

He equally said the declaration, harassment, intimidation, psychological torture and incessant invitations by the agency were an infringement on his rights as provided for in Section 34 of the 1999 Constitution amended.

The applicant further prayed the court to restrain the anti-graft agency from further breaking into his home without lawful justification.

He also demanded that it tender an unreserved apology to him for violating his fundamental rights and publish it in a national newspaper.

According to reports, the applicant’s firm, Arkway Project Limited, was engaged as a paid consultant by Akwa Ibom State Government in respect of property demolished to develop infrastructure in the state.

However, trouble started when an estate surveyor and valuer, Godwin Timothy, sent a petition to the EFCC.

Godwin alleged that the 10 per cent fee due to independent estate valuers was fraudulently diverted by Williams and Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Works, Ephraim Inyang-Eyen.

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