Will the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa be thrown into Kuje Correctional Centre jail or will his appeal against such sentence succeed?
The EFCC chairman, said on Tuesday that his legal team has appealed against the Abuja High Court ruling that the EFCC boss be committed to prison following his failure to comply with an earlier order of the court.
“We have appealed against it already so we will allow the natural course of the law to take its effect,” he said.
The presiding judge Chizoba Oji, had ordered the inspector-general of police (IGP) to ensure that Bawa is committed to prison for disobedience.
The judge gave the order in the motion on notice filed by Adeniyi Ojuawo, air vice marshal (now retired), against the federal government.
The judge held that Bawa is in contempt of the order of the court after the commission failed to return a Range Rover and the sum of N40 million to Ojuawo.
“Having continued willfully in disobedience to the order of this court, he should be committed to prison at Kuje Correctional Centre for his disobedience, and continued disobedience of the said order of court made on November 21st, 2018, until he purges himself of the contempt,” the judge said.
Ojuawo had been arraigned by the EFCC on a two-count charge of receiving gratification from Hima Aboubakar of Societe D’Equipment Internationaux Nigeria Limited totalling N40 million and a Range Rover Sport (supercharged) valued at N29.250 million.
However, the judge discharged and acquitted Ojuawo on November 21, 2018, on the grounds that the prosecution had not made its case. The judge then ordered the EFCC to return the money and the car to him.