Abdulrasheed Bawa was jailed by a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Maitama for disrespecting the court.
Because his organization disobeyed a previous court order, Bawa, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was found guilty of contempt of court.
According to a ruling by Justice Chizoba Oji, “the Chairman Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is in contempt of the orders of this honorable court made on November 21st, 2018 directing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abuja to return to the applicant his Range Rover (Supercharge) and the sum of N40, 000,000.00 (Forty Million Naira).”
In light of his continued willful disobedience of the court’s order made on November 21st, 2018, the judge continued: “He should be committed to prison at Kuje Correctional Centre for his disobedience, and continued disobedience of the said court order made on November 21st, 2018, until he purges himself of the contempt.
The Inspector General of Police is responsible for seeing that the court’s order is carried out immediately.
He was charged with taking bribes from Hima Aboubakar of Societe D’Equipment Internationalnaux Nigeria Limited totaling N40 million and a Range Rover Sport (Supercharged) valued at N29 250 million.
However, Justice Idris released and acquitted Ojuawo in a decision on November 21, 2018, on the grounds that the prosecution had not made its case.
According to Idris, the prosecution must show that the defendant corruptly received the gift, whether he did it for himself or another person, in order for the charge to be successful.
The judge further stated that the prosecution must demonstrate that the defendant took the gift as an inducement or reward for performing his official duties.
According to Section 131(1) of the Evidence Act of 2011, the prosecution has the burden of establishing all elements of the charge brought up against the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt.
The prosecution has failed to prove the two counts of the corrupt gratification charge under S17 (1)(a) and (c) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, according to Justice Idris.
On counts one and two of the charge, the defendant is released and found not guilty.
The complaint (EFCC) is therefore ordered to
“Consequently, the complainant (EFCC) is ordered to refund the defendant his N40,000,000 wrongly paid into ONSA recovery account and to return to the defendant his Range Rover Sport (Supercharged) forthwith.”