FORMER GUBER CANDIDATE WHO SUED EFCC ARRESTED

Raphael Ede, Enugu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested  the candidate of the Action Democratic Party  for last year’s  Anambra State governorship poll, Chief Ifeanyichukwu Okonkwo.

Okonkwo was arrested by the anti-corruption agency   after he instituted a N65bn law suit against the commission.

Saturday PUNCH learnt that  the EFCC  had   earlier detained   the human  rights activist for two days and released him on administrative bail.

However,  after 18 months of granting him bail,  the EFCC  failed to charge him for allegedly obtaining money under  false pretences.

Okonkwo sued the agency for unlawful detention, harassment and freezing of his accounts since May 2019 without any court order.

The case came up on Thursday at the Federal High Court, Enugu,  but  the EFCC was reported not to have filed any defence in the suit.

The EFCC, however, picked up Okonkwo  immediately after the court adjourned the case till Monday for hearing.

Our correspondent learnt  that Okonkwo had earlier  petitioned  the acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, complaining  about the action of  the South-East Zonal office of the commission.

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