Man arrested by EFCC freed, demands N160 million compensation
A retired employee of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and businessman, Obi Nwasike, an engineer, who was arrested last week at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) officials for alleged fraudulent diversion and criminal misappropriation of contract proceeds, has been unconditionally released from EFCC captivity.
Speaking through his lawyer, Ndubisi Chuks Nwasike, the businessman said he was unlawfully arrested and harassed despite his health challenges through the instructions of one of his business partners, Mr. Okwy Okeke, the Managing Director of Continental Alarm Limited (CAL).
“This is a clear case of witch-hunt by an embittered business partner. Nwasike had discovered that the Chief Executive Officer of the firm and some board members were allegedly involved in some unethical business practices for which he as the highest shareholder of the company demanded explanation for. In order to avoid this, the EFCC was used to harass my client,” he said pointing out that there was no evidence of crime to warrant the intervention of the EFCC.
He further said that his client, haven gone through untold emotional and psychological suffering in the hands of the EFCC despite his health condition, is demanding compensation of N160 million.
Nwasike had noted that the facts for which the engineer was arrested for was a private commercial dispute between parties who have been doing business together for several years, and for which one party seeks to criminalize the dispute, using willing hands at the EFCC.
“The facts of that dispute are copiously stated in the claims at the Federal High Court, which the EFCC is a party to. EFCC has, however, ignored the court process served on it, and has descended to engage in settling a commercial dispute that is already sub-judice.”
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