Court commits EFCC chairman, Bawa to Prison for Contempt

The Federal High Court Abuja has ordered the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa to be locked up for contempt.

The ruling was delivered by Justice Chizoba Oji.

Switch Nigeria gathered that Mr. Bawa disregarded the court’s order to have the sum of N40 million and a Range Rover Sport returned to one Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Rufus Adeniyi Ojuawo.

In the ruling, the presiding judge said, “It is hereby ordered as follows that the chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is in contempt of the orders of this honourable court made on November 21, 2018, directing the EFCC to return to the applicant his Range Rover (Super Charge) SUV and the sum of N40,000,000.00 (Forty Million Naira).

“That having continued to wilfully in disobedience to the order of this court, that he be committed to prison at Kuje Correctional Centre for his disobedience, and continued disobedience if the said order of court made on November 21, 2018, until he purges himself of the contempt.

“That the Inspector-General of Police shall ensure that the order of this honourable court is executed forthwith.”

According to People’s Gazette, Mr Ojuawo, a former Chief of Expo, Nigeria Air Force (NAF), was, on November 21, 2018, discharged and acquitted by Justice Muawiyah Baba Idris, sitting at Nyanya, Abuja.

He was arraigned on a two-count charge bordering on gratification in the suit marked FCT/HC/CV/184/2016, brought against him by the EFCC.

The one-time NAF director of operations was accused of corruptly receiving gratification to the tune of N40 million and a Range Rover Sport (Supercharged) from one Hima Aboubakar of Societe D’Equipment Internationaux Nigeria Limited. He pleaded not guilty.