The Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja dismissed the contempt proceedings and all instructions of conviction for contempt against Abdulrasheed Bawa, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday.
After hearing Bawa’s application, Justice Chizoba Oji halted the proceedings today.
The application was made in accordance with Sections 6(6) (a) and 36(1) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Constitution of 1999 (as amended), Section 91 of the Sheriffs and Civil Process Act, Cap S6 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004, and other relevant enactments.
The court ruled that Bawa was not in contempt of court at the time of the order because he cooperated with the directive to release the respondent’s Range Rover and because the applicant started the EFCC’s internal process for paying the respondent N40,000,000 through a series of internal memos.
Bawa was sentenced earlier this week to Kuje jail facilities for contempt of court, pending the order’s revocation.
The EFCC Chairman disobeyed a November 21, 2018, order, according to Justice Oji’s ruling.
The court had ordered the restoration of seized property, which included a Range Rover and the amount of N40 million.