Executive Vice Chairman of Aiteo Group, Benedict Peters’ battle with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has taken a fresh dimension as the anti-graft agency has removed his name from the list of wanted persons in Nigeria. Thus, conforming with the order of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
The EFCC during the week, complied with the judgment handed down in March 2018, by Justice O.A. Musa of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory.
The judge described the process leading to his declaration as ‘wanted’ by EFCC as unconstitutional, since it was not initiated or validated by any known law or court order.
Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) reacting to EFCC’s action, said; “We wish to commend the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), under the leadership of Ibrahim Magu, for living up to its commitment to uphold the rule of law and obey the order of a competent court to remove the name of the Mr. Benedict Peters, from its list of wanted individuals.”
“EFCC has shown a deep regard for the sanctity of the nation’s legal system, and we can confirm that Peters’ name has been cleared.”
“In view of this and based on the fact that the decision by EFCC is premised on a court order, Peters has been legally excluded from the list of wanted persons in Nigeria. He can therefore continue his lawful business and enjoy his constitutionally guaranteed rights.”