EJENAVI JONAH V. ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION (FHC/LCS/1101/15) (UNREPORTED CASES)
The Applicants instituted an action against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for the enforcement of fundamental human rights to dignity of the human person, personal liberty, fair hearing and movement pursuant to the relevant sections of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act. The Court granted the declarative and injunctive reliefs sought by the Applicant. The reasoning of the Court based on the facts and evidence adduced by the parties was that the proper procedure ought to be investigation before detention. The Court then declared the detention of the Applicant by the Respondent as wrongful, unlawful, illegal, oppressive, arbitrary and a gross violation of the Applicant’s afore-mentioned rights, awarded N5 million as damages for the unlawful detention of the Applicant by the Respondent and ordered that the Respondent publish a letter of apology to the Applicants in one National Daily for the breach of the Applicants’ fundamental rights.
BA LAW LLP acted for the Applicants