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Former Minister of Power, Olu Agunloye sues EFCC for declaring him wanted

Boom RadioNG | March 1, 2024

A former Minister of Power and Steel, Dr Olu Agunloye has brought a lawsuit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) as an additional defendant, demanding N1 billion.

The former minister is affirming that the EFCC does not have the legal authority to use its discretionary powers or functions, as outlined in Sections 1(2)©, 6, 7, 13 of the EFCC Act, 2004, and similarly Section 4 of the Police Act 2020, to declare him wanted on its website or any similar platform.

Olu Agunloye
photo credit: EFCC

He, therefore, sought an order for the EFCC, its agents, privies, representatives and other related affiliates to forthwith remove his picture, name, references, details and or particulars from the wanted list published on its official website or any other related platform and asking for general damages to the tune of one billion naira (N1, 000, 000, 000 00) against the defendants.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had earlier declared the former Minister of Power and Steel, Olu Agunloye, wanted over an alleged $6 billion Mambilla hydropower contract controversy.

Currently, the lawsuit is being heard by Justice Emeka Nwite at the Federal High Court in Abuja, with the hearing date scheduled for April 18.

 

Dolupo Balogun

Written by Boom RadioNG

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