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Family heads for court over Bafarawa, son’s detention




THE family of former Governor Attahiru Bafarawa of Sokoto State has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to charge their son to court if it had any incriminating evidence against him.

In a statement released in Abuja yesterday, the family through the media aide to the former governor, Yusuf Dingyadi, said that Bafarawa was being persecuted by the anti-corruption agency.

They lamented that their breadwinner and his son had been held for one and two weeks respectively, saying it was a violation of their fundamental human rights.

“Today is one week since (former) Governor Bafarawa was detained by the EFCC. And today marks two weeks that his son, Sagir Bafarawa, has been in detention. Why are they being detained without charges?

“If the EFCC has any hard evidence that they have committed any crimes, it should charge them to court. We had thought that the days of detaining people while searching for evidence were over. We call on the EFCC to release them forthwith if they have nothing against them,” it said

The statement further said that the family believes that Bafarawa and his son were being detained to have one implicate the other in a non-existent crime.

“(Former Governor Bafarawa has insisted he received no money in the so-called $2.1 billion arms contract. If there is any evidence to the contrary, we challenge the EFCC to charge him to court. It is inhuman to hold a man and his son in detention with the hope that they would turn against each other. Such tactic is reminiscent of the best forgotten military era. There is no place for that in a democratic system of government which we practise.” The family state.

The family, through their lawyers Lateef Fagbemi and co., has gone to court to enforce the fundamental human rights of the ex-governor and his son.

“We regret that we had to resort to the court to pressure EFCC to do the right and lawful thing.

It is most unfortunate that our fundamental rights as human beings which ordinarily we should take for granted have to be litigated. The EFCC cannot be a law unto itself; appropriating the powers of judge and jury,” the statement added.

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