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A Lagos based lawyer, and a human rights advocate, Lawrence C. Nnoli has filed a lawsuit before the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for continuous show of embarrassment to Nigerians who are under its investigation and prosecution.

The embarrassment bothers on the act of ordering suspects to carry signboards showing the crimes alleged to have been committed, and in some cases, hanging such signboards on the necks of those suspects while taking pictures of them and uploading same to their (EFCC) websites and their social media accounts.

According to the court processes made available to The Nigeria Lawyer (TNL), Mr. Nnoli is asking the court to declare such derogatory acts of the EFCC, unlawful.

He is also seeking a perpetual injunction restraining them from publicly parading suspects and making suspects who are still under investigation and prosecution to carry signboards depicting the offence alleged against them or hanging such signboards on the necks of suspects.

In the originating process with Suit NO: FHC/L/CS/975/18, Mr. Nnoli is further praying the court to  issue a mandatory injunction against the commission to take down and delete from its website and all its social media accounts, all photos of Nigerian suspects under its investigation and prosecution except for the pictures of those declared wanted under a valid court order.

The applicant has argued in his originating process that such derogatory acts meted on Nigerian suspects by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) amount to gross infraction of the rights to dignity of the Nigerians concerned and their rights of presumption of innocence guaranteed them by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and Article 5 and 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights Act.

As at the time this report was made, the suit is yet to  be assigned to a judge.

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