May 27, 2018

Why court quashed EFCC’s ‘Wanted’ declaration on Benedict Peters (ThisDay)

Why court quashed EFCC’s ‘Wanted’ declaration on Benedict Peters (ThisDay)

More facts have come to light as to why a High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, quashed the declaration of the Executive Vice Chairman of Aiteo Group, Benedict Peters, as “wanted” by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The EFCC had in March last year declared Peters wanted in connection with criminal conspiracy, diversion of funds and money laundering.

But in a judgment last Thursday, Justice Oathman Musa held that the anti-graft agency has no power to declare Peters or anyone “wanted” without a court order.

This was in response to suit number FCT/HC/CV/23/2017 filed by Peters, accusing the EFCC of declaring him wanted on its website without following due process.

In his ruling, the judge said: “Peters has never been charged with, nor tried for any criminal offence in any court of law, nor has he ever jumped bail for any offence howsoever in Nigeria and cannot be declared wanted by administrative fiat without any prior order or leave of court.” Read more

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