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Legal Battle Ensues: Student Takes EFCC to Court Over Detention

Nineteen-year-old Oluwateniola Omidiji, a third-year Nursing Science student at Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, has taken legal action against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for her alleged wrongful detention.

According to reports, she was apprehended on April 26, 2024, by operatives of the EFCC’s Lagos zonal command from her school premises. The detention stemmed from a business deal her late mother, Mrs. Omoniyi Omidiji, conducted in 2020.

The incident led to Oluwateniola missing her school exams as she spent several days in custody due to the EFCC’s inability to locate her mother. In her lawsuit filed at the Federal High Court, Lagos, with the suit number FHC/L/CS/759/224, Oluwateniola claimed that she was held by EFCC operatives over a debt allegedly owed by her mother to Mr. Charles Nwoko from a business transaction.

Nwoko asserted that he invested ₦100,000,000 into Mrs. Omidiji’s business in 2020, in which Oluwateniola is a partner, before Mrs. Omidiji traveled abroad. EFCC’s investigation at the Corporate Affairs Commission revealed that Mrs. Omidiji used a company named Elisto Global Services Limited to receive funds from Nwoko.

Despite being a minor at the time of the business partnership, Oluwateniola has been implicated by EFCC due to her role as a director in Elisto, as claimed by her mother. Her lawyer, Chijioke Emeka, SAN, is advocating for the enforcement of her fundamental human rights, seeking ₦10,000,000 in damages for the breach of her rights to dignity, liberty, fair hearing, and freedom of movement.

Efecha Gold
Efecha Gold
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