Court stops EFCC from detaining ex-Gov, Yari

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The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, restrained the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, from detaining Sen. Abdul’aziz Yari pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

Justice Donatus Okorowo, who gave the order in a ruling he delivered on an ex-parte motion moved by Michael Aondoaaa on Yari’s behalf, also stopped the Department of State Services, DSS, from detaining the senator-elect.He then ordered the the respondents (EFCC, ICPC, DSS) to show cause in the next adjourned date on why the prayers sought on the motion ex-parte should not be granted.

In an ex perte motion, marked FHC/ANJ/CS/785/23, Yari, who is a senator-elect and an aspirant for the Senate President, alleged a plot to arrest and detain him to prevent him from participating at the Proclamation of the 10th Senate by the President on June 13 He alleged that some members of his political party, the All Progressives Congress, had resorted to using the EFCC, ICPC and the DSS to harass and threaten to arrest him on trumped-up charges.

“The respondents and their agents have threatened to violate the applicant’s rights as enshrined in the constitution by unlawfully threatening to arrest and detain the applicant,” he alleged.Yari said he was afraid that if the order was not given, his rights would be breached by the respondents.

After granting the restraining orders, the court adjourned till June 8 for further proceedings.

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