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Thirteen University Lecturers Drop Damages Suit Against EFCC

EFCC Agents. Photo: Leadership Newspaper
EFCC Agents. Photo: Leadership Newspaper

Thirteen Lecturers from the University of Jos (UNIJOS) and the Plateau State University on Monday dropped a fundamental right charges against the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) after reaching an agreement in the Federal High Court in Jos.

In an application stating the terms of settlement filed through their counsel, Promise Okereke, the lecturers told the presiding Judge, Justice Musa Kurya, that they have reached an agreement with EFCC and are dropping the case they filed on the 27th of March, 2018.

The 13 lecturers had sued the anti-graft agency for breach of their fundamental right by the arrest, harassment and detention after they took part in the 2015 general elections.
They asked the court to order EFCC to pay them the sum of N100 million as damages for the breach of their rights.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), EFCC had arrested, detained and frozen the bank accounts of the lecturers for being paid by INEC with money suspected to have come from a former Petroleum Minister, Aliason Madukwu as money laundry which is an offence.

Justice Kurya, in his ruling, said that since the two parties involved have agreed on the case with terms of agreement, the application will hold.
“I have listened to the two parties on the application dated Feb. 5, in the circumstance, I order that the settlement is hereby adopted as final judgement in this case,” the Judge stated.

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