Babalakin: Lawyers, group condemn EFCC

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Lawyers and human rights groups yesterday in Lagos condemned the action of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for laying siege on the private ward of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, where the chairman of Bi-Courtney Highway Services Limited, Mr. Wale Babalakin (SAN) was hospitalized. They described it as a violation of his right.

One of the lawyers who spoke with our correspondent, Dr Joseph Nwobike, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) described the action of the EFCC as an abuse of power and a violation of the businessman’s right to life and medical care. Nwobike said it was tantamount to a breach of Bi-Courtney’s boss fundamental human rights for the anti-graft body to lay siege for him in the hospital where he is receiving treatment, thereby worsening his state of health.

“I understand that the EFCC granted Dr. Babalakin administrative bail which has not been vacated by the commission. I am also aware that the EFCC knew that Dr Babalakin is ill and he is undergoing treatment at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. “The court has adjourned his arraignment to December 12, so the EFCC ought to wait and see if he will not come to court. If at that stage his reason for not appearing in court is not reasonable, the EFCC can then take action under the authorization of the court to compel him to come for his trial.

“This is an abuse of power on the part of the EFCC and should be condemned by all.” Babalakins’s company had alleged on Wednesday that EFCC operatives numbering over 20 had stormed the hospital where he is being treated for an undisclosed illness and detained him in the ward.  Similarly, the Rights Monitoring Group has also condemned the EFCC‘s action. In a statement issued yesterday by its National Coordinator, Olufemi Aduwo, the  group said the present action of the anti-corruption agency against the Bi-Courtney boss reflects its desperation to violate the provisions of the law and constitution in order to circumvent justice, and a violation of the basic human rights of the citizen. “It is noteworthy that this brings back sad memories of the days of General Sani Abacha, when the rights of Nigerians were trampled upon with ease. We are against corruption, we have been partnering with EFCC during Ribadu and Larmode is a personal friend   but we will not support violation of any citizen’s rights.

Since a Court has ruled, EFCC should obey the same and follow due process to get him arranged before the court. Sir Peter Odili, former governor of River State got a court injunction against EFCC that he should not be investigated, arranged or arrested and for the past three years, EFFC did nothing to lift the injunction or forcefully arrest him. “Since Justice Mohammed ldris of Federal High Court has ruled on the ex-parte application filed by Babalakin stopping EFCC from proceeding with the arraignment, what is normal for EFCC is to get the injunction lifted.”

The Court must also be obeyed. Nigerians are waiting for when EFCC will continue Fred Ajudua and Dariye cases both in Nigeria and London,” the group noted. Another Lagos based lawyer, Mr. Emmanuel Majebi stated that in as much as he does not believe that anyone is above the law, he does not subscribe to the tyranny, the EFCC is employing Babalakin case. “If Wale Babalakin is in hospital the EFCC should wait until he recover to arrest and prosecute him, what is the desperation all about? “After all, they have waited six years to file this charge. Once this is allowed to go unchallenged it becomes a bad precedence, which would empower security agencies to go and arrest suspects on their sick bed.

“Without creating a scene EFCC can keep an eye on him. LUTH is a public institution they can liaise with the Chief Medical Director via official channels such that he can be monitored. What I don’t like, is for the EFCC to barge into the ward and arrest him on his sick bed.” ?Also, a human right activist, Jiti Ogunye said though the EFCC may have a good reason for their action given past experience where suspect had feigned illness to evade arrest

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  1. BEFORE YOU CONDEMN EFCC, YOU MUST LOOK AT THE WHOLE PICTURE. WE ARE IN NIGERIA WHERE ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. WHO IS SURE THAT THAT BABLAKIN IS REAALY SICK.THIS TYPE OF THING HAS HAPPENED MANY TIMES IN NIGERIA. FOR ME I ADVISE THE EFCC TO KEEP OUT OF SIGHT OF THE SO CALLED SICK MAN. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BAD IF THE EFCC HAD SHOWN THEMSELVES TO THE MAN. BUT WHAT THEY DID IS TO WAIT AND SEE IF THE MAN IS REALLY SICK. SINCE NIGERIA IS NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS ARE NIGERIANS,THE DOCTORS COULD NOT BE RELIED ON WHEN THE SAY THE MAN IS SICK. . N500,000 CAN MAKE A MAN TO SAY THAT THE MAN IS SICK. PLEASE DO NOT CRUCIFY THE EFCC AT THE MOMENT. THEY ARE DOING THEIR JOB. THEY DID NOT WAKE THE MAN UP NOR DID THEY SHOW HIM THEMSEVES. MR. SAN, TALK A LITTLE BIT. HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN THAT WE ARE IN NIGERIA AND ARE NIGERIANS?

  2. Is the duty of our judiciary only to give protection to CORRUPTION? I’m very sure the babalakin is forming illness to evade arraingment,why is the sickness not disclosed.Mubarak was brought to court in a stretcher,if we continue like this, we’ll not make any head way. There should be zero tolarance if the war on corruption must be won. Period.

  3. Great, so the Babalakins and whatever they represent have the Right to file an ex-parte motion to STOP his prosecution in one court and at the same time file a Sick Execuse all in one day at a different court? Why and how could Nigeria ever confront the corruption monster when the Judiciary is either unable or unwilling to provide a functional unbiased justice?
    The moment he told a deliberate lie, he lost whatever innocence he has and must face the law to clear himself.

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  6. Judges and lawyers are the most corrupt set of people i ever seen in Nigeria, he has been sick since six good years of the case, u lawyer woke up from the slumber telling us efcc violate the human right, when he was using his company for illegality did he considered the right of other? God go punish unaa judges and lawyer.

  7. Sick and so what? If we ar serious in this country, dont Babalakin and his likes deserved to face firing squad? Come to think of it, how many Nigerians have died on Ibadan-Lagos road? Those lawyers condemning EFCC should answer this question. Idiot bunch of fools who think they are wise.

  8. Dr. Joseph Nwobite you are seriously sick in the head and they need to admit you in Yaba or Aro you are the type of people that is spoiling Nigeria and I am very sure this your comment will surely bring your down and you will regret to comment such words in the public, someone that is pretending to the EFCC and you are supporting him. Babalaking should attend to EFCC and I want the agent to take this issue very serious and make sure they send him to jail without any option enough of this idiot in Nigeria, let others lawyers who are demonstrating go to heal.

  9. This ‘quota SAN’ thinks Nigerians will wait for them forever to clean the mess thay have turned this country into. Which nonsense human rights, to a thief? When we shall stone all the thieves to death in this country, I will expect you to come out and defend them, idiot. It is you useless lawyers that have obstructed the course of justice in this country each time a big thief is caught with your satanic adjournments. Who cares if the goathead dies in that hospital. EFCC must make sure the thief rots in jail. What a nonsense! He was being arraigned in Abuja, instead of showing up he claimed to be ill while he was at the same time and date getting another injunction at Lagos, ole! And later ran to hide in a hospital.

  10. I am so happy with the way Nigerians are reacting to issues of corruption. One of the ‘BIGGEST’ corruption we have in this country is the corruption in the BAR and The BENCH. We have thieves mascurading as lawyers and judges aidding and arbetting variouse forms of crimes and corrupt practices with frivolous esperte motions and injuctions to delay, frustrate or even derail the course of justice in the prosecution of BIG thieves in Nigeria. Some of us are aware that these so called human rice, oh sorry, human rights activists are dubius. If possible, Efcc should bunddle that criminal and others lilke him who fern sick in other to evade justice to court with their sick bed

  11. I wonder when Nigerians will come out of covering the big thieves and start prosecuting and executing them accordingly.which is why i love Chinese judiciary system.Nigerian is being quoted as the most corrupt country so far,instead of this so called stupid SAN and human right activist to stand on their feet to condem corruption,rather,there r abating corruption.judges,lawyers and human rights,we have no convidence in u ppl,and you shall have no peace as long as you know what is right to do @ d right time,and you refused to do it coz u r corrupt,you all roth in hell.

    • Babalakin should go to jail.All the contract he claimed he did in MMA is not done,Lagos/Ibadan expressway has never been graded,he brought junks called earth moving equipment & abandoned them on the road causing accidents.,the thief also helped Ibori in stealing Delta state money. He should be thrown to gallow.In fact Babalakin will serve jail sentence in kirikiri where he belong and later be handed over to the british police where he will take over Ibori’s prison room

    • In fact EFCC should handcuff him to that his sick bed and bulahlah his buttocks very well.Let him cry like a hungry baby.so that those his girlfriends he was spending money for will help him & burn his buttocks with hot water.By the time he feel the pains,then he must have learned his lessons.

  12. we should not be using medics for cover up as for me am extremely disappointed in Wale Bablakin , He has made a fame and money he never needed this association with Ibori.now he is in this mess ITS DISSAPOINTING .
    Who will u trust with Leadership?
    As for EFCC they are doing their work

  13. I THINK D MOST CORRUPT GROUP IN NIGERIA IS D JUDICIARY /LAWMAKERS AND THEY ARE MOSTLY FOUND IN LAGOS, WHT IS THEIR BIZ OF CONDEMNING EFCC? WHEN HE WAS DOING BACKYARD BIZ DIDN’T HE KN THAT ONE DAY HE WILL FALL SICK & D NEMESIS WILL ALSO CATCH HIM…I HOPE MANY OF THEM WILL BE CAUGHT BY EFCC IN THEIR GRAVE ONE DAY….

  14. Judiciary have gradually become the most corrupt institution in Nigeria. Law schools in Nigeria are churning out CRIMINALS into the society and yet they are supposed to be THE BASTION OF JUSTICE!

  15. LET ME ASK ALL THIS STUPID NIGERIAN UNQUALIFIED (SANDS) OR SANS WHATEVER THEY CALL THEMSELVES. IF IT WAS A 10000 NAIRA THIEF THAT RAN TO HOSPITAL TO AVOID ARREST, WOULD THEY HAVE COME OUT OPENLY IN THIS MANNER TO DEFEND HIS RIGHT NOT TO BE ARRESTED OR IS IT BECAUSE THIS ONE IS A BIG THIEF? KAI WALLAHI NIGERIAN LAWYERS AFTER BUYING CERTIFICATES, THEY KEEP MESSING THE JUDICIARY.

  16. Rule of law is the answer. An enablement of the law should not be seen to fraglantly disobey the same law that empowers it.

  17. Definitely, all this charge and bail lawyers who called themselves learned people and SAN must voice out in favour of their crook learned friend.

    They are growing fat because they are working hand in hand with governors and corrupt government officials. If this country must fight corruption to a minimal degree, all these crook lawyers must be proscuted.

    The same enemies of nigeria will be on the throat of EFCC, the y will accused them of nothing doing their jobs well, while the fustration are from them.

    There is nothing wrong with Babalekin. He was just there to buy time.. Let them transfer the bloody thief to general hospital and keep him on bay floor.

    Another set of criminals are the judges. The nigerian judiciary needs a radical approach and unless this is done, all effort to arrest corruption will be counterproductive.

  18. Nigerian Human Right organization is going to be different from other world H.R. organizations. The other day, they were supporting the Boko Haram against JTF ,today they are supporting Babalakin , a criminal and looter of national treasury because he is a SAN . It is about time Nigeria law men told us the meaning of SAN. It seems an appellation for people without integrity. Nigeria is dying because it is becoming lawless.

  19. Who’s interest is Sun Newspaper, Punch, etc serving? Nigerian Journalists, Lawyers and Judges ahve one thing in common; they’re thieves. You will understand that this report is senseless in his reportage.

  20. This is all a set up by the Babalaki man and his cohorts in the judiciary. The contractors got their monies by not performing, but by suing the government. Dr Babalaki was part of the constitution writing, and other judiciary and government policy papers. One may ask, how come such supposedly trusted, and progressive citizen be in this jeopardy? Ther answer is not far fetched. No one, he is a SAN. Second, he is a PDP man, thirdly he is a fat cow. This is one of the ways they decided to deceive the Nigerian public on giving good account of their stewardship. He will come out suing the EFCC and the Federal Government by violating his fundamental human rights which he disowned when he stole from the Nigerian treasury. He is a big SAN as now is being supported by other Dr SAN’S. It’s all corographed to end in making Jonathan and his government look the other way. Imagin Peter Odili still running arfound as a free citizen after stealing from the Rivers State coffers. Nigeria will never know peace because the SAN’s and politicians do not want it. Even if the Bishops and Archbishops get drafted as President and Governors, corruption will never end in Nigeria. I rest my case.

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