6 December 2012

Nigeria: EFCC Is Harassing Me Despite Court Order - Babalakin

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Wale Babalakin.

The embattled chairman of Bi-Courtney Limited, Dr. Wale Babalakin said yesterday that he Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) has been detaining him since Tuesday evening, in defiance of the order of a Federal High Court, which restrained the anti graft agency from going ahead with his arraignment and trial.

Sources at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi-Araba, disclosed that over twenty operatives of the agency, including armed mobile policemen besieged the hospital, LUTH, where the businessman has been on admission since last week Wednesday, to arrest him, despite his precarious health.

But a source close to the EFCC office in Abuja yesterday said Babalakin was just placed under strict surveillance to ensure that he appears in court on December 12 as directed by the court.

However, source close to the hospital said that the EFCC operatives were prevented from carrying out their illegal mission by the management of the hospital, which denied them access to the ward where Babalakin was admitted.

The EFFC operatives, initially, resisted the hospital's security staff and attempted to force their way into Babalakin's ward, leading to a face-off that lasted till about 1am the following morning.

After failing in their mission, the EFFC operatives resorted to physical and psychological harassment of Babalakin by stationing several policemen and plain clothes operatives at the entrance of his ward, consequently, restricting his movement, in clear contravention of the court ruling that directed the EFCC to stay all action relating to the case it has against him, pending the determination of the suit before it.

Operatives of the agency, including uniformed policemen, were still cited at the entrance of the hospital's private wing, where Babalakin was admitted and its adjoining areas on Wednesday evening.

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