26 August 2009

Nigeria: Ibru Gets Court Leave to Enforce Rights

Lagos — A Lagos High Court yesterday granted the former Chief Executive Officer of Oceanic Bank Plc Mrs Cecilia Ibru leave to enforce her fundamental human rights against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Through her counsel, Mr Niyi Akintola, Ibru had filed two ex-parte applications, sued the EFCC and joined the Attorney General of the Federation, Inspector General of Police, Director General of the State Security Service, Governor of the CBN and the CBN as co-respondents to the suit.

Akintola argued the two applications while Justice Adebiyi granted some of the prayers of Ibru. Presiding judge, Justice Bukola Adebiyi, also directed that Ibru should serve the AGF, IG, DG SSS through the AGF while EFCC should be served directly with the court processes.

The judge said, "Leave of the court is granted for the accelerated hearing of the applications. Leave is also granted to the applicant (Ibru) to enforce her fundamental human rights against the respondents."

The court further directed that the applicant should not be harassed, intimidated or embarrassed by the respondents, adding that the applicant should not be subjected to any inhuman or degrading treatment that would inconsistent with section 34 of the 1999 Constitution.

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