Court declares detention of ex-FCT minister Bala Mohammed unlawful

Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has declared the detention of the former minister of the FCT, Bala Mohammed, as unlawful and a violation of his right to liberty.

The trial judge, Justice Hussein Baba Yusuf, who gave the order on Thursday, April 26, awarded the sum of N5m as damages for his detention, Channels TV reports.

In his ruling, the trial judge held that keeping the former minister beyond 48 hours constitutes an infringement of his personal right to liberty.

The judge also held that the refusal to release him because the EFCC had a remand order of court cannot hold waters, adding that it is immaterial that different judges gave the order of remand and the order of release.

We previously reported that a coalition of political stakeholders in Bauchi state accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of trying to stop Bala Mohammed from contesting the state 2019 governorship election.

The stakeholders declared that no level of character assassination or threats will discourage the people of the state from voting Mohammed as governor in 2019.

The former minister is on the looters’ list recently released by the federal government.