A 75-year-old businessman, Michael Kundera, has asked an FCT High Court to order the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to pay him N500 million in damages for allegedly violating his fundamental rights.
Other respondents are the former EFCC boss, Abdulrasheed Bawa, one officer with the agency Calistus, and Fidelity Bank Plc.
Kundera, through his counsel, O. Orji in suit no CV/6258/23 before the court, said he was invited, detained and refused administrative bail in an already decided case by an FCT high court.
He said the matter is also pending at the court of appeal marked CA/ABJ/CV/533/2021 against the principle of pendente lite.
“I am 75 years old and did not find it funny being dragged about even when the judgment of the court was shown to the respondents,” he said.
He therefore prayed the court to declare that his arrest and detention on May 15 and 16 2023 was unlawful, and that it was unconstitutional and a gross violation of his fundamental rights as guaranteed under sections 35 (4)(5) and 36 (1) and (5) of the 1999 constitution as amended.
Kundra said “we are asking the court for an order of declaration that the respondents have exceeded their bounds by their continued invitation and threats on the applicant.
“Order restraining the respondents from continued invitation, threat to re arrest and detain the applicant.
“Payment of N500 million as exemplary or aggravated damages for the unconstitutional, inexplicable, unjust, uncouth and barbaric contravention of the applicant’s fundamental rights”, he said.
Counsel for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents, Mr C Obasi told the court that they had filed counter affidavits before the court.
Meanwhile the fourth respondent according to the applicant’s counsel did not file any reply.
Justice Peter Kekemeke fixed April 29 for judgment.