By Adenike Lucas
The lawyer to the former Secretary to the Federal Government, Anyim Pius Anyim, has released a statement denying that his client has been freed from EFCC custody.
Mr Anyim was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Wednesday, 22nd November, 2017. Despite recent report of his release, Mike Ozekhome, SAN said his client remains in jail.
Mr Ozekhome said the claims that Mr Anyim, a former Senate President had been released on bail was a “blunt lie from the pit of hell.”
In a statement, the senior advocate of Nigeria said: “These false reports which is credited to ‘unnamed’ sources within the EFCC have continued to circulate throughout Thursday and Friday, with the intent to deceive the world and divert its attention from the gross abuse of the fundamental human rights of Anyim who has been kept under inhuman and degrading conditions for this unconstitutional, lengthy period.
“The truth is that Anyim is still being held in EFCC custody till this moment, in spite of fulfilling all administrative bail conditions laid out for him, including the deposit of his passport and being compelled, under duress and undue influence to sign all manners of self-incriminating and property stripping documents against his will.”
Mr Ozekhome is calling on the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to “prevail on EFCC to respect the rule of law and the constitution they have sworn to protect and defend by promptly ordering Anyim’s release, since no charges have been levelled against him and since he has fulfilled all administrative bail conditions.”
The EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren refused to answer when asked for comment.