The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said it will appeal the October 28 conviction of its chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa for contempt of court.

Wilson Uujalen, a spokesman for the anti-graft agency, told CNN on Tuesday.

“The committee is appealing the ruling,” Uwujaren said.

The Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama has held Economic and Financial Crimes Commission chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa in contempt of court for the anti-graft agency’s failure to comply with the court’s previous orders.

In a ruling, Judge Chizoba Oji held that Bawa was in contempt of a court order dated 21 November 2018 directing the EFCC to return his Range Rover (Supercharged) and N40,000,000.00 to the applicant.

The judge ruled: “Continuing willful disobedience to the order of this court, he shall be held in the Kuje Correctional Center Prison for disobedience and continued disobedience to the above court order dated 21 November 2018 until he purges himself of contempt.

“The Chief of Police should ensure that the order of this noble court is carried out immediately.”

Judge Orji rejected arguments advanced by EFCC attorney Francis Jirbo in defense of Bawa’s conduct.

The 28 October ruling was based on a motion for notification filed by Rufus Adeniyi Ojuawo, former Director of Operations, Air Force Deputy Marshal (AVM) of the Nigerian Air Force: FCT/HC/M/52/2021.

In a motion filed by his attorney, RN Ojabo, Ojuawo, in a suit marked: FCT/HC/CR/184/2016, complained that the EFCC had refused to comply with the court’s decision dated November 21, 2018.

In 2016, the EFCC arraigned Ojuawo on two counts before FCT High Court Judge Muawiyah Baba Idris in Nyanya.



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