An Ogun State High Court sitting in Abeokuta; the Ogun State capital, has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to pay Mr. Abiodun Bademosi, a businessman and media consultant, the sum of N5million as “damages for the breach of his fundamental rights.”
The court also asked the anti-graft agency to pay the sum of N500,000 to Master Tolu, Bademosi’s son, who was unlawfully arrested and detained along with his father by the operatives of the anti-graft agency on January 19, 2012.
To join the commission in paying the said damages to Bademosi and his son was an Ibadan-based businessman, Bode Afolayan, who was accused of lodging the complaint/petition on which EFCC acted upon and in the process, allegedly breached the fundamental rights of the plaintiffs.
Delivering the judgment in the suit marked M/85/12, Justice Abiodun Akinyemi, also held that the “spraying of a harmful chemical substance into the eyes of Abiodun Bademosi in Ibara, Abeokuta,” at the time of arrest was “illegal, wrongful, degrading and unconstitutional.”
However, the EFCC has filed a motion before the same trial judge, asking the court to set aside the judgment delivered January 7, 2013.
Meanwhile, Bademosi is asking the EFCC to return his international passport in its custody, having submitted an application as well as the filling of relevant documents, asking the EFCC to obey the court ruling since it has failed to follow the motion it filed since 2013 to a logical conclusion.