10th NASS: Court bars anti-graft agencies, DSS from detaining Abdulaziz Yari

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has restrained the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) from detaining Senator Abdulaziz Yari pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

In a ruling on an ex-parte motion moved by Michael Aondoaaa, Justice Donatus Okorowo also ordered the anti-graft agencies to show cause in the next adjourned date on why the prayers sought on the motion ex-parte should not be granted.

The judge consequently adjourned the matter until June 8 for the respondents to show cause.

The former governor prayed the court for an order restraining the respondents, and their officials, from arresting or threatening to arrest and detain him in order to prevent him from participating in the Proclamation of the 10th Senate by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on June 13.

The operatives of the DSS are said to have used armoured personnel carriers to block the entrance, which they have been sharing with the EFCC over the years.

The Spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, described the blockade of the office by the DSS as strange to the commission given that the two agencies had been sharing the facility for over 20 years.

we have cohabited with the DSS in that facility for 20 years without incident.

Uwujaren said: “By denying operatives access to their offices, the commission’s operations at its largest hub with over 500 personnel, hundreds of exhibits, and many suspects in detention have been disrupted”.

On his part, the Public Relations Officer of the DSS, Peter Afunanya, in a statement on Monday, said it was incorrect to say that the secret police had barricaded the premises and barred EFCC agents from functioning.

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