DESPITE media reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has released Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, former secretary to government of the federation, SGF, he is still under EFCC custody. Mike Ozekhome, SAN, and counsel to Anyim said his client has met all the administrative bail conditions but the EFCC has refused to release him.
Ozekhome, in press statement made available to Realnews today, said the reports of Anyim’s release was designed to divert the attention from the inhuman and degrading condition of the former senate president, who has been under detention for more than nine days.
“Our attention has been drawn to carefully planted false and misleading reports published in various online and newsprint media to the effect that Anyim has since Wednesday, November 22, been released by the EFCC on administrative bail.
“This is a lie from the pit of hell. These false reports which credit their source to unnamed sources within the EFCC have continued to circulate throughout Thursday and Friday, with the intent to deceive the world and divert its attention from the gross abuse of the fundamental rights of Anyim who has been kept under inhuman and degrading conditions for the constitutionally lengthy period.
“The truth is that Anyim is still in EFCC custody till this minute, in spite of fulfilling all administrative bail conditions laid out for him, including deposit of his international passport and being compelled under duress and undue influence to sign all manners of self-incriminating and property-stripping documents against his will. In spite of these and clear provisions of Sections 35 and 36 of the Nigerian Constitution and the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, the EFCC has bluntly refused to release Anyim to go and attend to his very poor health over which he was receiving treatment before he was forcible taken away from his home,” he said.
Ozekhome called on the attorney general of the federation and the minister of justice to prevail on the EFCC to respect the rule of law and the constitution, they have sworn to protect and defend. He said the AGF should promptly order EFCC to release Anyim forthwith since no charges have been preferred against him.
– Nov. 24, 2017 @ 15:17 GMT /