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Court sets aside order committing EFCC Chairman, Bawa, to jail

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Bawa was accused of failing to comply with a court order asking it to return a Range Rover and the sum of N40 million to the applicant, Ojuawo, in a suit.

By Jeffrey Agbo

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The Federal Capital Territory High Court Maitama, Abuja, has quashed the order of committal and the entire contempt proceedings against the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement on Thursday that Justice Chizoba Oji, while ruling on a motion on notice filed by the EFCC asking the court to quash the entire proceedings in Suit No. FCT/HC/CR/184/2016 between Federal Republic of Nigeria V AVM Rufus Ojuawo, set aside the conviction of the applicant for contempt.

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He added that Justice Oji said she found merit in the application in the interest of justice.

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The statement quoted the justice as saying, “I hereby set aside the entire contempt proceedings in Suit No. FCT/HC/CR/184/2016 between the Federal Republic of Nigeria v AVM Rufus Adeniyi Ojuawo.

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“That I further set aside the conviction of the Applicant, the Executive Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, for contempt unconditionally.”

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The court had convicted Bawa of contempt of court.

Bawa was accused of failing to comply with a court order asking it to return a Range Rover and the sum of N40 million to the applicant, Ojuawo, in a suit.

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