Contempt: Court Sets Aside Bawa’s Conviction

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The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, was the focus of contempt proceedings, and the Federal Capital Territory High Court has annulled all convictions for contempt.

Following a hearing on a request made by the EFCC Chairman on Thursday, Justice Chizoba Oji cancelled the proceedings.

The application was brought pursuant to Section 6(6) (a) and Section 36(1) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), Section 91 of the Sheriffs and Civil Process Act, Cap S6 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004 and other relevant enactments.

The court found that at the time of the order, the EFCC Chairman was not in contempt of court as he had complied with the order that the Respondent’s Range Rover be released and by several internal memoranda, the Applicant had initiated the commission’s internal mechanism to ensure the payment of the sum of N40, 000,000 to the Respondent.