An Abuja High Court has ruled that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) must obtain a court order before it could declare anyone wanted.
Justice Othman Musa, ruling in an application filed by the Chief Executive Officer of AITEO Group, Benedict Peters, said that EFCC must obtain a court order for that purpose, before doing so.
The plaintiff in his application, said that EFCC violated his fundamental rights by declaring him wanted on its website, without following due process.
The judge rejected the submission of EFCC that it declared the plaintiff wanted after a Magistrate court in Lagos, issued a bench warrant for the arrest of AITEO boss.
Justice Musa, however, ruled that it was wrong for EFCC to rely on a court’s bench warrant, which did not contain such instruction to declare the defendant wanted.